Former Tulsa sheriff’s official plans to sue department over firing

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A former spokesman for an Oklahoma sheriff’s office that was investigated after a reserve deputy fatally shot an unarmed man claims he was wrongfully fired after the incident.

In a letter sent Thursday to the agency and other officials, fired Maj. Shannon Clark says he’s prepared to sue unless he’s “adequately compensated in the maximum amount allowed by law.”

Clark says he was wrongly blamed for leaking a 2009 internal report that questioned the field training of ex-reserve Deputy Robert Bates, who fatally shot Eric Harris last April. Bates is now charged with second-degree manslaughter in Harris’ death and has pleaded not guilty.

The internal report was released to reporters by an attorney for the Harris family after the shooting.

A sheriff’s office spokesman declined comment on the letter Thursday

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