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Case marks first murder charge against OKC officer in more than a decade

On Wednesday, Oklahoma County prosecutors filed a second-degree murder charge against an Oklahoma City police officer, marking the first case in more than a decade in which an Oklahoma City officer has been charged in connection with an on-duty shooting.

In a 2014 article, The Oklahoman explored the issue of officers who fire their weapons in the line of duty. Reporters discovered that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and his predecessor, Wes Lane, found officers justified in each of the 78 cases between 2004-2014 in which Oklahoma City officers fired their weapons.

In 2012, Prater charged Del City police Capt. Randy  Harrison with manslaughter in connection with the killing of Dane Scott, an 18-year-old man with whom Harrison had quarreled in the past. District Judge Donald Deason sentenced Harrison to four years in prison.

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›

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