DEL CITY — A Del City man killed by a police officer last month was shot in the back, according to an autopsy report released Thursday by the state medical examiner.
Dane Garrett Scott Jr., 18, 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. Those injuries did not contribute to his death, the report states.
The medical examiner previously ruled the manner of death as homicide.
Scott died after a March 14 car chase and confrontation with a Del City police officer. Police said the 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.
Scott tried to leave the vehicle and fought with the officer over a gun he had, Del City Police Capt. Jody Suit said at the time. The officer fired several rounds.
Scott was hit once in the back and died at the hospital, according to the medical examiner. Officers later retrieved a gun from the scene.
The officer, who has not been identified, remains on paid administrative leave, Suit said Thursday.
District Attorney David Prater said Del City police on Tuesday delivered to his office the results of their investigation into the shooting. Prater said he hopes to determine whether or not the shooting was justified by early next week.
Scott's family declined to comment Thursday, but has questioned the police account of the events.
“It was out of his character,” his cousin, Tanesha Goodman, said in March. “We feel like he did try to surrender.”
When Scott died, he was wearing a blue rubber bracelet emblazoned with an anti-bullying message, according to the autopsy report.
Police said Scott had a criminal history as a juvenile. He was dropped as a student from Del City High School in February after more than 10 unexcused absences, a Midwest City-Del City School District spokeswoman said.