In a statement that the 73-year-old reserve deputy gave the sheriff’s office following the fatal shooting of Eric Harris during an undercover operation on April 2, Bates noted he had taken “active shooter training” from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Lisa Allen, chief media relations office for the sheriff’s office there, said they had no record of Bates attending their training.
In fact, Allen said, that training is only available to members of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, meaning Bates would not have been eligible. The class, Allen said, has only been offered three times. …
In Bates’ seven-page statement to Tulsa County sheriff’s investigators, obtained by the World on Wednesday, the reserve deputy states he previously attended a five-day homicide investigation school in Dallas and received “active shooter response training” by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Update: The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office announced early Thursday it will conduct an internal review of the deputy reserve program.
The announcement comes just two weeks after 73-year-old Reserve Deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris during an undercover operation on April 2.