Medical examiner: Eric Harris was high on meth when he died
TULSA — Eric Harris had methamphetamine in his system when he died.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released its findings in an autopsy report on Wednesday.
44-year-old Eric Harris was shot and killed in early April, when a Tulsa reserve deputy, Robert Bates, confused his taser for his gun.
Harris was the subject of an undercover sting operation and was being investigated for allegedly trying to sell weapons to an undercover deputy.
During the sting, Harris ran from deputies, and a chase began on foot.
A deputy caught up with Harris and wrestled him to the ground.
Bates tried to subdue Harris with his taser, but accidentally shot him with his pistol instead.
Police said at the time of the shooting that Harris admitted to medics at the scene that he may have been under the influence of phencyclidine, a street drug commonly known as PCP.
That drug was not found in Harris’ system.
The autopsy found that the bullet fired from Bates’ gun went into Harris’ right armpit and traveled to his left armpit, breaking two ribs and collapsing both of Harris’ lungs.