The body camera footage shows a Tulsa County deputy chase that ensued after Eric Harris fled from an Violent Crimes Task Force undercover officer whom he allegedly attempted to sell an illegal 9 mm semi-automatic pistol to. During the tackle, one of the officers calls for Taser and a gunshot is fired off.
The shooter, 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates, says he believed he was holding a stun gun and intended to tase Harris. Bates immediately drops the gun and says, “"Oh, I shot him. I'm sorry."
Harris cries out, "He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god, I'm losing my breath."
A deputy replies, "You f*cking ran! Shut the f*ck up! F*ck your breath!"
"F*ck your breath" to a dying man? One you "accidentally" killed? That's a new level of cold blooded. Pure evil. ?? #EricHarris— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) April 12, 2015
Harris was treated by medics at the scene and taken to Tulsa hospital where he died within an hour.
Like most reserve deputies, Bates is a volunteer with a full-time job working as an insurance company executive. The Sheriff’s Office said that reserve deputies are trained in the use of less-lethal weaponry like Tasers and that more than 100 deputies have the same “full powers and authority” as regular officers.