Former Tulsa County Jail Guard Arrested For Manslaughter

Jun 9, 2020

A former sergeant at the Tulsa County Jail has been arrested on charges of first-degree manslaughter.

A Tulsa Police Department spokesperson said Christopher Straight, 53, of Sapulpa, was working as a security guard at the Knight's Inn at S. Garnett and Route 66 when he instigated an altercation with Carlos Carson, 36, on June 6th. Straight allegedly pepper sprayed Carson before shooting him to death. Straight is white; Carson was Black.

The Tulsa World reports that Straight resigned from his jail role with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in 2018 while under internal investigation, and that he was the target of three lawsuits filed by jail inmates.

Straight was released from the Tulsa County Jail after posting a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, June 11th.