Oklahoma deputy charged in fatality capitulates
On Tuesday, an Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy was booked into the county jail as he fatally shot a suspect after he got confused in his stun gun and handgun, according to authorities.
Robert Bates capitulated at the Tulsa County jail. He was released after posting $25,000 bond. According to Bates' attorney, Clark Brewster, his client would not give any statement. According to Brewster, an initial court appearance will be made by Bates next Tuesday.
As per the Tulsa County sheriff's office, Bates by chance shot 44-year-old Eric Harris on April 2. Bates is an insurance executive and was volunteering on a secret operation in Tulsa. On Monday, Bates was charged by Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler with second-degree manslaughter, liable to be punished by up to four years in prison.
A video was recorded by another deputy and it was released on Friday. In the video, a deputy is seen chasing and dealing with Harris, who according to authorities, attempted to sell an illegal gun to an undercover officer. As the deputy fought with Harris on the ground, a gunshot is heard and a man says, 'Oh, I shot him. I'm sorry'. Harris was treated at the scene and after that he died at a hospital.
According to statement by his family released on Tuesday, there are many deputies at the sheriff's office who carry out their jobs in the right way.
According to the statement, "Sheriff [Stanley] Glanz's recent public statements also make it clear that he does not even see the problem and has no plans to change the practices within the TCSO. While Sheriff Glanz acknowledges that an 'error' was made when Eric was killed, he has yet to even apologize to our family".