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.”
The shooting involving the Del City officer was mentioned Wednesday by Sen. Constance Johnson as she spoke out about inequality and violence affecting the black community. Harrison is white, and Scott is black.
An autopsy showed the gunshot killed Scott, who lived in Del City. The report said Scott also had a Taser dart embedded in the right upper part of his back and showed signs of blunt-force trauma to his body, hand, knees and foot.
According to the affidavit, another police officer running behind Scott after the third shot was fired was attempting to capture Scott by using his Taser.
“At this time, Capt. Harrison fired a fourth round from his weapon, striking Dane Scott in the back, causing his death,” Suit reported in the affidavit.
Police said the car chase began in Del City when Scott's car nearly hit a police vehicle head-on.
The chase ended when Scott's vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer rig in southeast Oklahoma City.
Suit said at the time of the shooting that Scott was shot after he left the vehicle and fought with the officer over a gun.
Harrison, the affidavit shows, took a handgun from Scott during a physical struggle, and then Scott ran away.
As Scott began to run, Harrison fired two shots from his weapon, the affidavit shows.
Neither of them struck Scott, who then fled into an area enclosed by a high fence. Harrison then fired a third shot as Scott attempted to climb over a chain-link fence. That shot missed Scott, as well, Suit reported.
District Attorney David Prater declined to comment Thursday.
Box said he is representing Harrison for free because Harrison's father and Box worked together as Oklahoma City police officers.
“I have the utmost respect for him,” Box said of Harrison's father.