In Oklahoma, fallout from an incident that ended with a reserve deputy shooting and killing a man after confusing his firearm for his Taser continues.
It turns out the volunteer, Robert Bates, was carrying a weapon that was not approved for use in the field by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s also now clear that Bates wasn’t qualified to use the weapon, even if it had been.
As real cops are now outnumbered 3 to 1 by security guards, volunteers, reserves, and others, agencies and municipalities would be wise to get their ducks in a row before the next PR disaster involving a non-cop and the use of deadly force.
Former Sheriff Stanley Glanz insists that despite the fact that Bates gave the agency lots of money and presents, he never looked the other way, as far as training and firearms qualification.
“I have never, ever waived any requirements for him with regard to his training or his position as a reserve deputy,” Glanz said.