Family of shooting victim suing ex-deputy in federal court

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Posted: Jun 29, 2015 4:25 PM

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An amended federal lawsuit alleges that an ex-volunteer sheriff's deputy unnecessarily used a stun gun on an already restrained suspect less than two months before he fatally shot an unarmed and restrained man.

The former reserve, Robert Bates, is accused in Monday's complaint of using his stun gun in February on already restrained suspect Terry Byrumafter a traffic stop.

On April 2, Bates fatally shot Eric Harris, who was unarmed and restrained. Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the Harris case, saying he confused his handgun and stun gun.

Clark Brewster, Bates' attorney, said he hadn't reviewed the entire lawsuit. But he said if Bates used his stun gun on a suspect, it would have been for good reason.