Robert Bates

Bates was found guilty last month of second-degree murder for the April 2, 2015 gun sting operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma that left Harris dead.

Robert Bates, 74, a wealthy insurance executive, was accused of fatally shooting Eric Harris while working with Tulsa County sheriff's deputies during an illegal gun sales sting.

The sheriff of Tulsa County has been indicted on charges of misconduct and will step down, nearly six months after a 74-year-old reserve deputy fatally shot a man when he mistook his gun for a Taser, according to The New York Times. A grand jury on Wednesday recommended that Sheriff Stanley Glanz be removed from […]

When U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. leaves office next week, he leaves behind some big shoes to fill. But if anyone is qualified to fill those shoes, it is his successor Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District in New York for the last five years after her appointment by President […]

A 73-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma reserve deputy who killed a man earlier this month when he fired a gun instead of a Taser was the subject of an investigation over questions about his training and conduct, CBS News has learned. Robert Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Eric Harris, saying […]

Two of the three Tulsa, Okla. deputies involved in an attempt to arrest Eric Harris that led to his death have been reassigned after threats were made against them and their families, CNN reports. According to the news site, Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced the reassignments in a news conference Monday. The two officers, who have not […]

The lawyer for an Oklahoma reserve deputy, who fatally shot a man he meant to halt with a Taser, released documents on Saturday that verify some of his training, according to CNN. Robert Bates, 73, a businessman in Tulsa, Okla., had one Taser training class over a six-and-a-half-year period, took three firearms training classes, and […]

A day after a critical report raised questions about the training of a Tulsa reserve deputy, he denied Friday that his records were forged and apologized to the family of the man he killed when he “mistakenly” fired his gun instead of his Taser, according to NBC Today. Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Robert […]

A damning report accuses the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office of falsifying training records for the 73-year-old reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in a fatal incident in which he mistook his gun for a Taser, according to the Washington Post. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, supervisors in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to […]

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” […]