Man Dies After Tulsa County Deputy-Involved Shooting

Thursday, April 2nd 2015, 1:03 pm
By: News On 6

The Tulsa County Sheriff's office confirmed the man shot by an undercover deputy has died.

Deputies said the undercover gun deal was going according to plan until the suspect realized he was being arrested.

According to Major Shannon Clark, the shooting took plac e in the 2000 block of North Harvard just before 10:20 a.m.

Allison Jimboy lives right across the street from where the shooting happened and said it was a loud sound that originally caught her attention.

"I just heard the big boom and they started taping up where my back fence is at," Jimboy said.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's office said it all started at the Dollar general on North Harvard.

Deputies said the Violent Crimes Task Force was in the parking lot making an undercover gun deal with 44-year-old Eric Harris a little before 11:00 Thursday morning.

When deputies tried to arrest Harris a fight broke out and they said Harris ran down Harvard.

When deputies caught up with him in the southbound lanes the fight continued, and that's when a reserve deputy shot him.

Jimboy remembers what went through her head as a gunshot rang out just yards away from her home.

"Oh my gosh it was really crazy, I'm just glad that my daughter was in school," she said.

Jimboy said she saw the man's shoes lying in the road and an ambulance take him away. She said it was an eventful morning she never anticipated.

“I'm used to people maybe stealing something out of the front yard or something but not to this magnitude. It's, it's really crazy," she said.

The sheriff's office is investigating the shooting.

Harris was released from jail in August for assault and battery of a police officer in Oklahoma County.

Harris was treated by EMSA and transported to a local hospital and later died, Clark said.

Clark released the following statement:

"Deputies with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Task Force were conducting a controlled buy of guns and ammunition from a known, convicted felon. After successful completion of the controlled buy, deputies were attempting to take the suspect (a male in his mid 40s) into custody in the Dollar General parking lot when an altercation ensued. The suspect fled on foot North on Harvard as the altercation continued for approximately 75 yards into the Southbound traffic lanes of Harvard. As the suspect continued to struggle with Deputies, the Reserve Deputy discharged his firearm striking the suspect."