Updated: Interview with Del City officer accused of manslaughter played for jurors
An Oklahoma County jury heard directly from a Del City police officer accused of a controversial shooting.
Captain Randy Harrison is accused of manslaughter for a shooting in 2012.
Harrison shot 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. in the back following a high speed chase and crash.
On Thursday prosecutors played a videotaped interview Harrison gave just days after the shooting.
Harrison said he thought Scott had a second gun, which he didn’t, and still viewed him as a threat to the public when he pulled the trigger.
Unfortunately for the defense, several Del City police officers who arrived at the scene in time to witness the shooting saw it differently and repeatedly said they didn’t think Scott posed a deadly threat when Captain Harrison opened fire.
Whether that’s enough to convict Harrison of manslaughter remains to be seen.
“It’s certainly relevant, but to say one officer didn’t act one way so this officer was wrong, that’s not correct,” said attorney David McKenzie.
Before playing that video, jurors spent about 10 minutes on scene, getting the chance to walk in Harrison’s steps.
“To visit the crime scene puts it all in perspective,” said McKenzie. “When you see it, the testimony all makes sense.”
Prosecutors plan to rest their case Friday.
After that Harrison could take the stand in his own defense.