Del City cop accused of shooting teen in back heads to trial
DEL CITY, Okla. — A Del City cop accused of killing a teen following a high-speed pursuit will head to trial.
Randy Harrison is charged with one count of manslaughter after prosecutors said he shot the unarmed teen in the back.
Prosecutors believe the officer went too far by opening fire on the fleeing victim.
The defense tells a much different tale.
Late Monday a judge ruled there is enough evidence to send to the case to trial and let a jury decide.
The high-speed chase, ending with a wreck at I-35 and S.E. 15th St. in mid-March cost 18-year-old Dane Scott, Jr. his life.
In court, witnesses recalled Scott pulled out a gun after the wreck but Del City Police Capt. Randy Harrison wrestled the weapon away.
When Scott tried to run away, Harrison fired several shots, missing three times.
Harrison eventually hit the unarmed teen in the back with a fourth shot.
Scott’s family believes the teen was killed in cold blood.
Prosecutors argued Harrison’s actions were irresponsible.
In fact, one fellow Del City officer who tried to use a taser to stop Scott from fleeing testified the teen was a not a threat and that officer saw no need for the fatal shot to be fired.
Defense attorney Irven Box said Scott’s actions endangered the public and called the shooting justified.
Harrison remains free on bond pending trial.