Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Fatally Shoots Man Near Vinita

Jun 26, 2020

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a man near Vinita on Thursday morning, according to a statement from OHP.

Robert Harris, 34, of Tulsa, was a passenger in a vehicle when the trooper pulled it over for a traffic violation on the Will Rogers Turnpike shortly before 9 a.m., according to OHP.

During the traffic stop, the trooper fired one shot, killing Harris. The statement does not identify the trooper or give an explanation for why the trooper shot Harris. OHP claims narcotics and a firearm were recovered at the scene.

OHP says the trooper has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into the killing.