EXCLUSIVE: Donations made by reserve deputy involved in fatal shooting

Information obtained through Tulsa County records indicate that the reserve deputy involved in a recent fatal shooting has donated a substantial amount of equipment to the Sheriff's Office in recent years.

Deputy Robert Bates, 73, shot and killed Eric Harris, 44, after Harris attempted to flee the scene of an undercover gun buy conducted by the TCSO Violent Crimes Task Force April 2nd.

The Sheriff's Office says Bates was technically "not on duty" at the time.

After hearing from several sources that Bates was a large contributor to TCSO, KRMG asked for open records from the county.

Tulsa County Clerk Pat Key provided the following list of items donated to TCSO by Mr. Bates in recent years:

2008 - none


Two (2) vehicles; 2008 Dodge Charger, VIN #2B3KA43R18H117828 from Robert C. Bates and 2004 Dodge Ram truck, VIN #1D7HA18D84S555632 from US Marshall Service as part of equitable sharing from the DEA.  01/20/09   CMF #213190

IS Pro Zeiss Forensic Camera and lens kit from Robert C. Bates, valued at $5,004.69 04/27/09   CMF #214328

One (1) vehicle, 2009 Dodge Charger, VIN #2B3KA43T19H626167 from Robert C. Bates 06/01/09   CMF #214743

One (1) Panasonic Tough Book,  Ser #81KYB from Robert C. Bates to be placed in the new Crown Victoria vehicle also donated by Mr. Bates                                                                                                                                                 07/20/09   CMF #215208


From Reserve Deputy Robert C. Bates for one (1) 2007 Ford F150, VIN #1FTRF12247KB29903, equipped with full emergency equipment, tool box, and bed liner.                                                                                 05/03/10   CMF #217636

From Robert C. Bates of a Motorola Impres Handheld Radio, to be used by the drug unit for surveillance work; cost of the radio is $3,300                                                                                                                                                       09/27/10 CMF #219274

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, VIN#1GNMCAE0XAR239535 in the amount of $25,419  11/08/10   CMF #219638


From Robert C. Bates, of 1997 Toyota Avalon, VIN #4T1BF12B1VU161335, for use as an undercover car by the Drug Task Force                                                                                                                                                                05/23/11 CMF #221325


Safefume Cyanoacrylate Fuming Chamber from ITT Technical Institute, Tulsa Campus; valued at $5,000                                                                                                                                                                                                     03/19/12 CM #223982

2013 - none

2014 - none

2015 - none

Key indicated that there are possibly other donations prior to 2008; the search for those records continues.

Bates also served as Chairman for the re-election campaign of Sheriff Stanley Glanz in 2012, and contributed money to the campaign.





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