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Okla. Capt. Charged with Manslaughter In Teen's Shooting

April 24, 2012  | 

A Del City (Okla.) Police Department captain charged with manslaughter in the death of a teen posted bond and was released from jail after turning himself in, reports KOCO.

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.

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Brian Greene @ 4/24/2012 2:06 PM

Shocking...... Another cop killing an unarmed kid. Seems like it's an every day occurrence. Don't you people feel any remorse over what you do? Don't you ever look out for the cops doing this type of thing and try to stop them?

Traffic Maven @ 4/24/2012 5:45 PM

@ Brian Greene, Not sure why you are on this page. This is a page for law enforcement, not law enforcement haters.

ET @ 4/24/2012 6:23 PM

@ Traffic Maven, I agree. It's amazing how people can jump into a definitive conclusion based on a short 2-paragraph summary. It's always a sad tragedy whenever anyone is wrongfully killed, but anyone in LE can tell you there's ALWAYS more to stories like these than what is usually published in the media.

leroy david @ 4/24/2012 8:25 PM

my dad was in LE.. for 25 years.. never killed anyone.. worked in one of the worse neighborhoods in harlem.. had respect for the people because he was raised there and saw them as people.. 4 shots at an unarmed person running away.. that cop is a coward.. just like most of the cops who need a badge and a gun to feel like a man..and i met alot of them when my dad was on the job..

Firebrand @ 4/25/2012 12:27 AM

Leroy, I don't think your dad had many people attack him while he was making copies at the copy machine. Just because he worked a bad area and was nice does not mean that he could never be involved in a shooting. Bad guys don't care if you are nice, in fact, bad guys often attack officers they deem as too nice. I lost a good friend, who was killed on duty because he was too nice and let the suspect do things that were not good officer safety. BTW very few officers get into shootings.

Traffic Maven @ 4/25/2012 2:47 AM

@Leroy David, unless you were there and have first hand knowledge of what took place, you have know right to call that Captain a coward. Although he is being charged with manslaughter, things that night obviously led him to believe his life or the lives of others were in danger. Let me tell you something..... Hopefully if faced with a situation like that, I will be the one going home at the end of my shift.

Steve @ 4/25/2012 5:06 AM

Dear Policemag. Surly there must be someway to weed out these uneducated, uninformed morons that only come to these web sites to bash the police. We get enough bashing through other media outlets. Two paragraphs do not tell the whole story. Anyone in Law Enforcement knows this. These morons obviously do not..Policemag you need to do something about this

Timothy Coachman @ 4/25/2012 6:10 AM

To all the LE personnell please be advised. We do understand the threats you face daily, well atleast those of us with common sense. We see what you go through, on the other hand you must use your training in every aspect of your duties. Come on the report states the subject was shot in the back, that means the treat is gone. I am a retired Philly Cop that understands. But this I just can't.

J Hughes @ 4/25/2012 6:11 AM

Well said Steve. This article does not tell us the facts about his incident, and anybody placing and opinion based on these two paragraphs is just showing their ignorance.

AJ @ 4/25/2012 6:25 AM

@Brian Greene: what frightens me most about you is not that you could just convict a man on a story that is almost short enough to qualify as a text message, but that it is a clear indication that you are just dumb enough not to be able to get out of jury duty and may someday be called upon to decide a case like this. And that will be a sad day...

Dan @ 4/25/2012 6:36 AM

To AJ: you're spot on! To Timothy Coachman: Being a cop you should no that those shots could have been fired in rapid succesion. The perp could have turned to run at the last second. Again, if you weren't there, you don't know anything!

Jbad04 @ 4/25/2012 7:14 AM

Not sure why Mr. Greene is on this page. His anti-police bias and disregard for thoroughness and factual investigation is readily apparent. Please go to a page where your ill-supported, ideological rants find a more receptive and unthinking audience.

I agree that there is not enough information in the article to make a judgement. The reason behind the pursuit, had the subject committed an offense, did he make any furitive gestures for a weapon, etc.

Evidently there was enough in the opinion of the local prosecutor to charge him. But some prosecutors are bit more aggressive than others. It would be useful to see what the charging document alleges.

marshal @ 4/25/2012 7:16 AM

@Brian Green: Do you have a clue? Just because an officer shoots someone that turns out to be unarmed or whatever it doesn't mean it was done just because he could. Do you know how many officers were killed in 2011? 166. Do you know how many officers were assaulted in 2010? 53,469. If you are trying to stand up for what is right fine, then stand up for both sides or shut up. Do you know how many people doctors killed in 2011??? 100,000. I don't hear you trying to get any doctors convicted or sending them hate mail. The next time you are in trouble, call your doctor not a cop.

marshal @ 4/25/2012 7:17 AM

PS to my last comment. @ Brian Greene. Do you know how many people cops killed last year???????????????? 65. That is correct. 65. Now who should be the ones complaining?

TBOW426 @ 4/25/2012 7:32 AM

For Brian Green and Leroy...consider this I am a 55 yoa cop who gets into a fight with a 18 yoa kid who is pumped up on adreneline and "possible other stuff" I am holding my own but getting tired. Kid continues to resist and I am tiring out. KNOW WHAT, there is always one gun at any fight with a cop and I am not taking a chance on him getting mine. I draw and tell him to hit the ground and he comes at me. I may be advanced in cop years, but I can put 15 rounds down range in just a few seconds. Because my hands are shaking I miss with my first 3 shots which took one half second. Perp flinchs and turns... GUESS WHAT... my fourth shot hits him in the back because he turned. He turned not to run away, but because that is a natural reaction to seeing a weapon discharged at you. All over in less than than 4 seconds.

getem @ 4/25/2012 8:19 AM

18 years of age is an adult.

Rev. Lowrey @ 4/25/2012 9:10 AM

It is sad that people do rush to judgment, and do it with insufficient information.
Accidents happen and people make mistakes/errors in judgment.
I don't think anyone expects LEOs to be perfect.
We see lots of good comments from experienced LEOs, but what is troubling are the callous, rash and indifferent comments from so many officers who seem to feel, like gang members, that their "bro" is always right - no matter what - and that anyone who is not wearing their "patch" is an enemy - less than human, deserving their disregard.
Too many LEOs seem to forget (and hate to hear this truth) that they are employed by the public to "serve and protect" the public - that their first duty is to the public and not to their "bro".
The oath of office taken by LEOs affirms their requirement to uphold the Constitution, which includes the Bill of Rights.
The display of resentment for civil and natural rights by LEOs is what creates what is termed here as "cop haters".
I don't think very many people hate anyone who has not earned that hatred. The "haters" on these pages, seem to be cops much more than civilians.
Your employer (the public) has a right and an obligation to see how you respond to law enforcement issues and hopefully LEOs would be proud to have the public see how they feel about their job.
Declaring that police business is none of the public's business is just ignorant and wrong.
I'm grateful for the officers who make comments that represent that not all LEOs are insensitive, corrupt, unethical, ignorant and unAmerican thugs.
For the rest, I wish there was even more LE and public scrutiny and reform.
If the case in this story is decided affirmatively, you can be sure there will be LEOs howling here against it.
Public enemy #1 - the person who uses a badge and gun to defy the laws they are sworn to uphold, despise and abuse the people they are sworn to serve and protect and demand secrecy and immunity for

Tom Ret @ 4/25/2012 9:24 AM

Just because your dad or uncle was a cop, does not make you an authority on what it is like to be in their shoes. Only those who have experienced for themselves what it was like to put their butt on the line really knows the realities of working the street. Cops have different experiences during their career and do have different opinions but those with no police experience need to find another outlet for their comments. They are not needed or appreciated on this forum. You are foolish if you think that your opinion will convince a cop who has spent more years in law enforcement than you likely have been alive that they should think this way or that. Those of us who have actually been in shootings know that where a suspect is shot may or may not be significant in a fluid situation.

M. R. @ 4/25/2012 10:18 AM

In these type of "snap shot" articles we have no basis on what actually happened that day/evening/night. Its in very POOR taste to judge or monday morning quarterback what you would of done. WE WEREN'T there. now its up to the grand jury to make the call.

Jim @ 4/27/2012 6:50 AM

For those that are willing to convict this Captain based on two short paragraphs, I am absolutely sure you would expect more professionalism from a jury in your own case! There is more to this than meets the eye. And has anyone ever heard of reaction time. Just because a suspect was shot in the back does not mean he was not facing the officer - and threatening the officer - when the Captain perceived the threat. And this "kid" put himself in the middle of a threatening situation to start this whole thing. I am not saying "he got what he deserved", but this is a highly-potential outcome of the suspects actions. The suspect set this all in motion - not the Captain. The suspect endangered other persons - not the Captain.

DPB @ 5/1/2012 4:44 PM

Tim Coachman, I am still in LE after 37 years. I can't understand why you can't understand that shootings are very dynamic, and a shot in the back can occur based on the time frames of human reaction vs. action. Educate yourself. You can do so at the Force Science web site. Also, learn how to spell or at least slow down your nimble fingers so your statements are more clear. I am not sure what kind of Philly Cop you were, but the ones I know would not jump to conclusions like you so quickly have. I doubt your touted "common sense."

RD @ 5/2/2012 7:09 AM

I can tell you, based on the report, that there was a car chase, after the suspect almost hit a squad car head on, it ended with a crash into an innocent bystander and a subsequent fight for the suspects gun. Enough said.

mike @ 11/18/2013 3:16 PM

Who are these morons that comment on these stories? Police Magazine is becoming a liberal rag that attracts all the nuts, psychos, cop-haters and incompetent unemployed boobs who have never dated a girl and live in their parents' basement playing video games and watching porn on You Tube!

Hunter*2020 @ 11/18/2013 5:33 PM

Having been involved in a situation similar to this ---A.O.J. did exist, I can only wonder how the Captain is feeling? 7 months in my case to have the Grand Jury trial takes an awful toll in stress and on family! Granted there are very overzealous prosecuters out there.People, that is one of our safeguards for the public and Officers! Let the Grand Jury do their job.

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