Investigators: Deputy meant to use taser instead of gun on suspect
TULSA, Okla. – A local sheriff’s office is releasing new details about a deadly shooting involving a reserve deputy on Thursday.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office said investigators are still looking into the shooting death of Eric Courtney Harris.
Harris was killed following an altercation with a reserve sheriff’s deputy.
Authorities were conducting an investigation into meth, which led them to Harris. They say Harris offered to sell them a sawed-off shotgun and other guns to the undercover deputies.
When attempting to arrest Harris, officers say he ran from them and reached into his waistband.
Officials say a deputy attempted to restrain Harris but he pulled his left arm out from underneath his body where his hand was near his waistband.
They say that’s when the deputy grabbed what he thought was his taser and discharged it to subdue Harris.
Harris was taken to a hospital and died just after 11 a.m. on Thursday.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Harris may have been under the influence of PCP.