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Del City police captain faces manslaughter charge in 18-year-old's death

Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 18-year-old Dane Garrett Scott Jr. after a car chase on March 14 that ended in Oklahoma City.
by Tim Willert Published: April 20, 2012

A Del City police captain charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 18-year-old Dane Garrett Scott Jr. is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning.

Randy Trent Harrison, 47, was charged Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court.

Scott was killed March 14 after a midafternoon car chase that ended near the intersection of SE 15 and Interstate 35.

A probable cause affidavit filed with the charge said Harrison fired four shots as Scott ran away after he had been disarmed. The first three shots missed, and the fourth hit him in the back.

In the affidavit, Del City police Capt. Jody Suit said when Scott was shot he was “unarmed and not posing a threat.” Harrison took a gun away from Scott during a struggle before Scott ran off, the affidavit shows.

“In this case, Capt. Harrison's use of deadly force was unnecessary to resist Scott's attempts to commit an offense because Scott had been disarmed,” Suit said in the affidavit.

Harrison's attorney, Irven Box, said his client would surrender Friday to authorities at the Oklahoma County jail.

The attorney said the shooting appeared to be justified.

“I'm just really astonished that charges were filed,” Box said. “In my 40 years of practicing law, I've never seen an officer charged for doing the acts that Capt. Harrison did in regards to this case.”

Harrison has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. If convicted, he could be sentenced from four years to life in prison.

Cousin says charge will please family

Scott's family had questioned the police account of the events and called the shooting unjustified.

“I'm sure the family will be overjoyed knowing that justice has been served in memory of Dane Scott Jr.,” cousin Tanesha Goodman said. “He had a full life ahead of him, and that was taken away in an unjust manner.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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