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Witness said man had hands up before being shot by Del City police captain

Eyewitness describes last moments of Dane Scott Jr.'s life in manslaughter case against Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison.
by Matt Dinger Modified: November 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm •  Published: November 20, 2013
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Dane Scott Jr. had his hands up as if to surrender when he was shot in the back by Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison, an eyewitness testified Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court.

But three other prosecution eyewitnesses, including a Del City police major, testified that they did not see any attempt to surrender by Scott.

Harrison is facing a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of Scott.

John Lockett, 17, testified that Scott was running and put his hands up before being shot.

Lockett was in a car with Scott, 18, on March 14, 2012, during a police chase that ended near SE 15 and Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City. Scott fled the vehicle and was disarmed of a handgun before being shot in the back by Harrison.

Lockett described Scott as being frantic, panicked and scared of Harrison during the pursuit before crashing the car.

Robert Berg, who was driving through the area the morning of the shooting, testified that he saw Scott flee but saw no attempt at surrender.

Neither did Kenneth Hodge, who was eating lunch in his vehicle when the incident occurred.

“All he was doing was trying to get away,” Hodge said. “He never turned towards him (Harrison) or anything.”

Del City police Maj. Steve Robinson, who fired a Taser that struck Scott about the same time he was shot, also testified that Scott never attempted surrender.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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