Calls for external investigation after officer shoots teen

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OKLAHOMA CITY — State lawmakers say they want the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to take over an investigation involving the deadly shooting of an 18-year-old man. Del City Police say they were forced to shoot and kill an 18-year-old driver after he led them on a high-speed chase and crashed his vehicle.

It’s a decision that has stirred up quite a controversy.

“I’ve had family down the last week to try to take my mind off what goes on,” father Dane Scott said.

Words are too difficult to flow but tears come easily.

Wednesday Dane Scott laid to rest his son, 18-year-old Dane Scott, Jr.

“I just want to know what happened,” he said. “Why’d they have to do that to him? It wasn’t right.”

Last week Dane Scott, Jr. was shot and killed by a Del City police officer after police say he led them on a high-speed chase.

They say he had a gun and forced them to shoot.

The police department has launched an investigation but some state lawmakers say having the department conduct that investigation may not be unbiased.

State Representative Mike Shelton says he is lobbying for the OSBI to step in and he’s not the only one.

“Anytime a tragic situation happens and an officer is accused of wrongdoing, we would allow that internal investigation to go forth but we still want clean hands, clean eyes, a fresh start,” State Representative Anastasia Pittman said.

In order for that to happen, a formal request will have to be made to the attorney general’s office, the district attorney’s office or the sheriff’s department.

So far, that hasn’t happened.

“My personal goal would be to ask the A.G.’s office to just work in collaboration with the OSBI and let us get some significant and some substantial backing to track this,” Pittman said.

“We’re hoping for a thorough investigation and preferably by an outside investigation by the OSBI. After that is done, we will then sit down and evaluate and make assessments whether or not this is going to be a civil litigation case,” attorney Cynthia D’Antonio-Brown said.

Witnesses say Dane Scott, Jr. was shot in the back.

Del City Police say he had a gun and they were forced to fire.

News Channel 4 will continue to follow the case.

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