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Robert Bates' Records Falsified? No, According to Lawyer, Department

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Robert Bates, 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 01:57 PM

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and an attorney for Robert Bates, the volunteer deputy sheriff who shot and killed a suspect during a sting operation earlier this month, have called into question a report in Tulsa World that Bates' training records were falsified.

Tulsa World on Thursday morning wrote that multiple sources told its reporters that supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office had falsified Bates' training records.

The allegedly falsified documents gave Bates "credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received," the publication wrote.

As a volunteer advanced reserve deputy for the sheriff's office, Bates would have had to complete 480 hours of the Field Training Officer program, as well as firearms certification.

But just hours later, "The sheriff's office strongly denied the allegations in the Tulsa World's report" and "also declined a CNN interview to respond to the claims," reported the Cable News Network.

"Just keep in mind that the Tulsa World reporter cannot validate her sources and claims anonymity, which leaves us skeptical that her claims are unsubstantiated and deceptive," the department's Maj. Shannon Clark wrote in an email to CNN.

Bates' attorney, Corbin Brewster, said much of the same on Thursday.

"I think I have an idea of who these sources are and I would say they are disgruntled," Brewster told USA Today. "As far as I know there was no falsification of records at any time."

Brewster added that Bates had hundreds of hours of reserve deputy training, and served briefly as a Tulsa police officer after completing police academy training decades ago.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz admitted this week that the department cannot locate Bates' gun certification records, but said that he had been certified for three different weapons after training.

Bates' instructor "has left the sheriff's office and is now a Secret Service agent," said Glanz. The department is now trying to reach her.

In addition questions of his gun certification, it also remains unclear how many hours Bates had that qualified for the required 480. The sheriff's department said previously that he had completed 300.

Bates, 73, whose primary work was as an insurance executive, fatally shot 44-year-old Eric Harris during an undercover operation on April 2 after he confused his real gun with his stun gun, he said. He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. He posted $25,000 bail this week.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and an attorney for Robert Bates, the volunteer deputy sheriff who shot and killed a suspect during a sting operation earlier this month, have called into question a report in Tulsa World that Bates' training records were falsified.
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