Tulsa ME: Eric Harris Had Meth In Blood When Shot By Deputy

Tuesday, May 12th 2015, 4:08 pm
By: News On 6

The medical examiner has released the autopsy for a man shot and killed by a Tulsa County reserve deputy. Eric Courtney Harris' death is ruled a homicide by gunshot wound, the report states.

Harris, 44, died April 2, 2015, after Reserve Deputy Bob Bates said he accidentally fired his gun instead of his Taser during an arrest.

The report states Harris was shot in the right axilla or armpit. The bullet passed through his right rib cage to his left, fracturing ribs on both sides. Both lungs collapsed, the medical examiner's report states.

Harris was also diagnosed with "acute intoxication by methamphetamine," heart disease and an enlarged heart.

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A mildly deformed copper colored metal jacketed bullet measuring one-half inch from nose to base with a base diameter of 5/16 of an inch was recovered from his body, the report notes.

The report also said Harris had abrasions to his arms and wrists and that his body showed signs consistent with CPR.

Toxicology reports show the presence of methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood.