OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma jury has convicted a veteran police captain of first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed teenager.
Dane Scott Jr. was running away after scuffling with the officer when Del City Police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison shot him in the back. The shooting followed a high-speed chase that began when Harrison tried to pull over Scott's car.
The defense portrayed Scott as a drug dealer and said Harrison believed the teen was reaching for a second weapon when the police captain shot him. Witnesses say the Scott was trying to hold up his baggy pants as he ran and police did not find a weapon on him after the shooting.
Harrison had previously arrested Scott on drug violations, and prosecutors said his pursuit of the teenager crossed the line from professional to personal.
The jury recommended the minimum four-year prison sentence. Members of Scott's family wept and hugged one another after the verdict was read.
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