- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating the agency after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man.

Grand jurors have been conducting a probe of Glanz’s office for the past seven weeks. At least 19 current or former sheriff’s office employees and others have been called upon to testify, including fired Maj. Shannon Clark, demoted Capt. Billy McKelvey and former Maj. Tom Huckeby, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1F6vWdT ) reported.

The investigation was launched after former reserve deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris, who was unarmed, on April 2. Bates has said he mistook his hand gun for a stun gun. After the shooting, it was discovered that officer Robert Bates hadn’t received adequate training over the years of his service.

Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death.

Glanz confirmed the subpoena Thursday after a swearing-in ceremony for 21 cadets. He declined to comment further on his upcoming grand jury appearance next week.

The reserve deputy program has been temporarily suspended, and full-time deputies will provide security this fall at the Tulsa State Fair, a service traditionally covered by reserve deputies.

“If they are doing their duty and something happens and they make a mistake and they’re charged with a crime, then I think I have some responsibility to try to assist them with that,” Glanz said. “I know Bates has lost a lot of money and his reputation’s been severely criticized in this community, and it’s uncalled for. It’s not good.”

Regardless of the investigation, Glanz said he’s confident about the future of the deputy reserve program at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.

“We do it right, I believe,” he said. “I think this one situation really has brought a spotlight, and I’m not sure it was all called for.”


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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