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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

“The state's decision to charge in this case has created a conflict with our current training,” Bowen said. “It causes us to have uncertainty ... why is our training not being supported in court.”

Bowen said officers are trained to react in an instant and that “if what (Harrison) did was wrong,” then police officers nationwide risk going to prison for doing what they've been taught to do. He repeatedly told reporters that Scott tried to shoot and kill Harrison.

“In a case like this, an officer is supposed to use deadly force to prevent a violent, fleeing felon from getting away,” Bowen said.

Bowen also defended Harrison's decision to shoot Scott in the back.

“A violent, fleeing felon frequently presents no other target,” he said.

Harrison's manslaughter trial is set for Nov. 18, court records show.

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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