DEL CITY, Okla. April 26 2012– A Del City Police Department captain charged with manslaughter in the death of a teen posted bond and was released from jail Friday morning after turning himself in.
Police Capt. Randy Harrison shot and killed Dane Scott Jr. last month after a pursuit and altercation. Harrison shot at 18-year-old Scott four times, according to court documents. Three of the shots missed Scott, but the fourth hit him in the back, killing him.
Harrison is now facing manslaughter charges. His attorney, Irven Box, says the charges are surprising and very disappointing.
“What he did was justified in saving his life, other officers’ lives, citizens’ lives based on the totality of a chase, collision and a gun involvement,” said Box.
According to court documents, Scott was unarmed at the time of the shooting and wasn’t posing a threat to officers. That’s a claim that Box says he is ready to dispute.
“The person who was fleeing committed a felony offense. He had a gun,” said Box.
Harrison is a 24-year veteran of the Del City Police Department. The Del City Police Department is not commenting on the case. The investigation is now in the hands of the district attorney.
Scott’s family told KOCO Eyewitness News 5 that they visit his memorial on a daily basis. The memorial is set up where Scott was shot and killed.
“It’s just one step,” said Scott’s mother, Deloise Dockins. “We still have to go through the whole process.”
“I still cry every night, because like I told you before, it seems unreal that my brother is gone,” said Scott’s sister Sharmella Dockins.
Scott’s father adds that he doesn’t think race played a role in his son’s death.
Del City Police Chief Phil Taylor told Eyewitness News 5 he’s surprised that prosecutors charged Harrison with manslaughter in Scott’s shooting death.
“Yes, quite frankly,” answered Taylor, when asked if he was surprised by the charge. “But, that could be applicable to anyone in law enforcement.”
“It’s certainly a difficult situation; it’s sad,” he added.” It’s something you have to be professional (about) and work through these things.”
Taylor also said that it’s been tough on his department because a lot of officers aren’t familiar with the details.
“Whatever the outcome, I have a strong believe that they (Del City residents) will see that this was conducted from the very beginning, the investigation, in a professional way,” he added.