Family seeks video of fatal shooting

Ponca City Now - April 10, 2015 11:51 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The family of a man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa County reserve deputy says it wants authorities to release video of the shooting.

The sheriff’s office said 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Charles Bates shot and killed Eric Courtney Harris during an undercover operation last week, believing he was using his stun gun instead of his service weapon when he opened fire. Authorities say Harris had been wrestling with another deputy before he was shot.

Maj. Shannon Clark said earlier this week that a sunglass camera recorded the shooting. A family attorney said Thursday that video from a nearby business also captured the incident.

Clark said the videos are part of an ongoing investigation, and the sheriff’s office doesn’t think they are subject to the state’s open records act.


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