DEL CITY, Okla. – Several eyewitnesses take the stand in the trial of a Del City police captain, who is accused of shooting an unarmed teen in the back.
Randy Harrison is charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. in March 2012.
Following a high-speed chase and crash, Harrison shot Scott in the back as he tried to flee on foot.
The eyewitnesses that will be taking the stand include a cab driver and utility worker who were at the intersection at the time of the shooting.
One witness said he saw Scott point a gun at Harrison.
After Harrison knocked the firearm out of Scott’s hand, Scott began running directly toward the witness.
The witness said he planned to tackle Scott because he did not see the teen as a deadly threat.
However, he never got the chance because Harrison shot the teen from behind.
The first Del City officer to arrive on scene after Harrison also took the stand.
That officer tased Dane Scott at the exact moment Harrison fired the fatal shot.
The officer said he used his taser and not his gun because he didn’t see Scott as a deadly threat.
The testimony, taken as a whole, clearly casts doubt on officer Harrison’s actions.
The trial is set to last the rest of the week.