Oklahoma deputy charged in suspect’s shooting death

In this photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office is Eric Harris, 44. Police say Robert Bates, a white reserve sheriff's deputy, thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fatally shot Harris, a black suspect, during an arrest that was caught on video in. Harris was treated by medics at the scene and died in a Tulsa hospital. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a white reserve sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma with manslaughter in the shooting of a black suspect.

A second-degree manslaughter charge was filed Monday against 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates.

Police have said Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in the April 2 incident.

A man can be heard apologizing and admitting to shooting a person in a video that documents the killing.

 

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