Jurors on Thursday morning visited the scene where Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison shot and killed 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr.
Harrison, 48, is on trial in Oklahoma County District Court on a first-degree manslaughter charge stemming from the incident on March 14, 2012, when Scott — while unarmed — died after being shot once in the back by Harrison.
Jurors spent several minutes at the site near SE 15 and Interstate 35, a small area with a chain-link fence that Scott attempted to scale.
The scene is a small, partially paved lot just east of the northbound Interstate 35 Service Road. Most of the area, just a few feet north of SE 15, is blocked off by fence and appears to have been part of a larger driveway in the past.
Harrison's defense attorney, Doug Friesen, objected to the trip taking place before Harrison testified, but Judge Donald Deason, citing the possibility of upcoming inclement weather, continued as planned.
Jurors rode in an Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office bus to the site and spent about 10 minutes there before returning to the bus and riding back to the courthouse.
Once back in court, jurors were shown a video statement from Harrison recorded at the Del City Police Department on March 27, 2012.
In the video, Harrison said he first encountered the vehicle Scott was driving at the residential intersection of Lariet Lane and Karen Drive, just southwest of the intersection of SE 15 and Sunnylane Road.
Scott pulled the vehicle into a Church's Chicken, but drove around the building and west onto SE 15 at a high rate of speed.
Scott continued west, reaching rates of 100 mph and whipping through both red and green traffic lights before colliding with a tractor-trailer, Harrison said.
Using his police cruiser to block the driver's side door, Harrison said that Scott scrambled across the front passenger seat and out the door, where the two scuffled.
Harrison described glancing up at the car momentarily while grappling with Scott on the ground.
“When I look back, I was staring down the barrel of a gun pointed at my face,” Harrison said.
“He was trying to pull the trigger. He was trying to kill me,” he said.
Harrison said that he tried to fire his own weapon at Scott, but that the gun jammed and Scott, after being disarmed, took off on foot before he was able to get the weapon to fire.
Prosecutors contend that Harrison went too far after Scott was disarmed, firing three errant shots before the fatal shot hit him in the back, damaging both lungs and hitting his aorta.
In his recorded statement, Harrison said that he thought Scott was reaching for a second weapon in his pants and feared for the safety of residents and fellow officers at the scene.
“I was afraid we were going to have a gun battle,” he said.
Harrison faces four years to life in prison if convicted.