Video Released In Tulsa Reserve Sheriff Officer Shooting [VIDEO]
Footage released by authorities in Tulsa, Okla. captures the moments before and after an unarmed man was fatally shot by a reserve officer earlier this week.
The video, from an unidentified officer’s body camera at the scene, starts just before Eric Harris was shot during the April 2 incident. Harris was purportedly killed by Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, 73, who mistakenly fired his weapon instead of a taser, according to reports.
The clip then shows Harris screaming in pain as officers surround him. Police had chased Harris on foot after he allegedly fled arrest for selling a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and ammunition to undercover cops. Harris was pronounced dead an hour after he was shot. The recording shows no medical aid performed by police officers on the scene.
A Tulsa television station reported Friday that the Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office said Harris showed “characteristics consistent with carrying a gun” during the skirmish. The sheriff’s office added that Bates “did not commit a crime” by accidentally firing on Harris.