UPDATE: Monday, April 13, 2015 — 4:10 PM EST
Robert Bates, the Tulsa County Reserve Deputy who claims he thought he pulled out his Taser when he fatally shot Eric Courtney Harris on April 2, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
According to police, Bates said he though he was reaching for the Taser, but “inadvertently” fired his gun.
This is a developing story…
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office released the video on Saturday and in it, Harris – who at the time was accused of owning illegal weapons – is seen being chased and shot by authorities.
The reserve deputy thought he had his Taser in hand, not his firearm, and shot Harris “inadvertently,” according to the sheriff’s office.In the last minutes of the video, Harris, a convicted felon, lies on the pavement with police on top of him. An officer calls for a Taser. But in place of an electric clicking sound, a gunshot rings out.
Harris, who is bleeding, calls out, too. He’s losing his breath, he says. An officer yells back at him. “You f—ing ran! Shut the f— up!” he yells. “F— your breath.”