Okla. officer says he did not want to shoot teen

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma police captain charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager says he didn't want to shoot the victim but thought he had no choice.

Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison testified in his own defense Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. He is accused in the March 14, 2012, death of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. A 23-year veteran officer in an Oklahoma City suburb, Harrison has pleaded not guilty. He faces four years to life in prison if convicted.

Harrison had taken a gun from Scott as the two scuffled, but he says he believed Scott was reaching for another gun in his pants pocket as he ran away.

Prosecutors say Harrison shot Scott in the back when he posed no threat to anyone.

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