The prosecution of an Oklahoma police captain for using deadly force will set a dangerous precedent, a former police officer says

A longtime OKC metro-area police officer and spokesman for a statewide firearms instructor organization said prosecuting a Del City police captain for shooting a fleeing man in the back and killing him will set a dangerous precedent in Oklahoma.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: September 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm •  Published: September 19, 2013

— A longtime metro-area police officer and current spokesman for a statewide firearms instructor organization said prosecuting a Del City police captain for shooting a fleeing man in the back and killing him will set a dangerous precedent in Oklahoma.

Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the March 2012 shooting death of a man who led police on an afternoon car chase in the minutes before he was shot.

Harrison, who is on paid leave from the department, told investigators that he felt like Dane Garrett Scott Jr., 18, was a threat to him and other officers in the area. The officer had struggled with Scott and disarmed him before the suspect ran away.

In March, Oklahoma County District Judge Donald L. Deason denied a defense attorney's motion to dismiss the criminal case against Harrison. His case is pending.

James Bowen, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, told reporters at a news conference held Wednesday that Harrison was “clearly justified” to shoot Scott, even though the young man was unarmed and running away.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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