Gunshot wound in the back killed Del City man, medical examiner says

by Juliana Keeping Published: April 12, 2012
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— 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.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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