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:
<i><b>2008</b> - none</i>
<i>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</i>
<i>IS Pro Zeiss Forensic Camera and lens kit from Robert C. Bates, valued at $5,004.69 04/27/09 CMF #214328</i>
<i>One (1) vehicle, 2009 Dodge Charger, VIN #2B3KA43T19H626167 from Robert C. Bates 06/01/09 CMF #214743</i>
<i>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</i>
<i>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</i>
<i>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</i>
<i>2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, VIN#1GNMCAE0XAR239535 in the amount of $25,419 11/08/10 CMF #219638</i>
<i>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</i>
<i>Safefume Cyanoacrylate Fuming Chamber from ITT Technical Institute, Tulsa Campus; valued at $5,000 03/19/12 CM #223982</i>
<i><b>2013</b> - none</i>
<i><b>2014 - </b>none</i>
<i><b>2015 - </b>none</i>
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.