Former Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed 18-year-old man following a 2012 police pursuit.
Harrison, 48, has been in the Oklahoma County jail since his first-degree manslaughter conviction in November.
District Judge Donald Deason went against the presentencing report recommendation that Harrison be given probation.
“Frankly, this presentencing investigation report is a joke. It said that Randy Harrison didn't have a drug problem. Randy Harrison was using hydrocodone the day that this occurred,” District Attorney David Prater said after sentencing.
“You're telling me Randy Harrison doesn't have a drug problem when he's using hydrocodone when he's on duty, wearing a gun, getting in a pursuit? Yeah. This presentencing investigation isn't worth the paper it was written on,” Prater said.
Hydrocodone is a prescription narcotic painkiller.
A jury convicted Harrison of shooting Dane Scott Jr. in the back March 14, 2012, after a short police pursuit that ended in a crash near SE 15 and Interstate 35. They scuffled on the ground before Harrison disarmed Scott and then fired four shots at him as he ran away.
The fourth bullet hit both lungs and his aorta, killing him.
Other Del City police officers testified during the trial that they did not consider Scott a threat as he fled.
Prosecutors argued that Harrison had targeted Scott before the shooting. The two had three previous encounters in the months leading up to the shooting as Harrison investigated drug dealing near Del City High School.
Dane Scott Jr.'s parents also made statements to the judge before Harrison was sentenced.
“Both parents said this: Two families lost that day and two families lost during this trial. They acknowledge that Randy Harrison's family lost, as well, and that's so telling of what Dane's mother and father are truly all about,” Prater said.
“I feel sorry for the mom and dad because their son turned out to be like he was, and you can't blame the parents for an individual choice that the boy made. I say ‘boy,' but he was an 18-year-old man selling dope to high school kids,” Randy Harrison's brother Kenny Harrison said after sentencing.
“My dad is 85 years old. My mom is 83, and it's a wonder he's still alive. It's a wonder he didn't have a heart attack. Randy's the baby of the family,” he said.
“He did what he was trained to do. Dane Scott was a violent felon that endangered numerous lives when he was in his car running,” Kenny Harrison said.
Prater said the former officer crossed a line.
“Almost every law enforcement officer I know does everything exactly the right way. This guy was different. He chose to cross a line. He chose to make something personal,” Prater said.
“Police officers can't murder people just because they're mad at them,” he said.
“He's not even a cop to me. That guy's not even a cop. He's so different from the rest of them out there,” Prater said.