TULSA, Okla. (CBS News) – There are allegations that the Tulsa reserve deputy who shot an unarmed man to death did not have the training that he claimed.
When Eric Harris, 44, ran from Tulsa deputies during a gun sting operation, reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73, was part of the team that chased him. Bates was considered an advanced reserve officer, meaning he was authorized to participate in active raids.
But after Bates says he mistakenly fired his personal gun instead of his taser, killing the suspect, questions were asked about his qualifications and weapons training.
CBS News has obtained Bates’ training record since he joined the Reserve Program in 2008. The documents show he had over 400 hours of law enforcement training.