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Tulsa reserve police officer charged with manslaughter after 'mistaking' his gun for a taser

Tulsa reserve police officer charged with manslaughter after 'mistaking' his gun for a taser
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Caught on video – another fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in the US, this time in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa reserve deputy charged in

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Caught on video – another fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in the US, this time in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tulsa reserve deputy charged in shooting death of unarmed man. Elaine_Quijano</a> reports: <a href="http://t.co/hnF2MFHWK2">http://t.co/hnF2MFHWK2</a> <a href="http://t.co/9MgbSHu4lB">pic.twitter.com/9MgbSHu4lB</a></p>&mdash; CBS Evening News (CBSEveningNews) April 13, 2015

A 73-year-old reserve deputy says it was an accidental shooting, he mistook his service weapon for a stun gun while trying to control a man in his 40s who was resisting arrest.

The incident happened during a sting in which Eric Harris tried to sell an undercover police officer a semi-automatic pistol.

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates was trying to help officers take Harris into custody when he fired his gun.

The deputy has been charged with manslaughter.

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