Sheriff Releases More Videos Leading Up To Fatal Tulsa Shooting


Tuesday, April 21st 2015, 10:09 pm
By: News On 6


WARNING: The video clips released by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office contain profanity. 

Tuesday evening the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office released several video clips of suspected drug deals between Eric Harris and an undercover deputy.

Major Shannon Clark said the videos show three separate drug transactions between Harris and an undercover deputy.  He says the time stamps on the videos are wrong because the deputies never updated that feature in the camera. He said the deals actually took place March 26, 30 and 31.

Harris was shot and killed April 2, 2015 during an undercover sting.

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Video from that incident shows Harris run from the deputy's vehicle after he became suspicious. He was later grabbed by other deputies at the sting.

During the struggle you can hear Reserve Deputy Bob Bates shout “Taser, Taser,” and, just seconds later, a gunshot goes off, followed by Bates saying “I shot him, I'm sorry.”

Harris later died.

Several investigations have been conducted, one said Bates was a victim of a phenomenon called “slip and capture,” while an FBI investigation cleared the department of any civil rights wrongdoings.

The family of Eric Harris said the shooting, and how Eric was treated was “evil.”

The Tulsa County district attorney did charge Bates with second degree manslaughter and Tuesday Bates pleaded not guilty.

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The judge then granted permission for Bates to go on a month-long vacation to the Bahamas before he is due back in court in July.