Civil rights attorney takes on case of fatal trooper-involved shooting on Oklahoma highway

Civil rights attorney takes on case of man killed in trooper-involved shooting

VINITA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

A man is dead after a shooting on the Will Rogers Turnpike on June 25.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the subject as 34-year-old Robert D’Lon Harris of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Civil rights attorney, Lee Merritt, has taken on the case of Robert Harris.

In a recent Instagram post, Merritt explained what he believes happened:

“His name was #RobertHarris. He was a passenger during a motor vehicle stop in Tulsa, OK this past Thursday. When @oklahomahighwaypatrol asked him to step back out of the car he protested that he was just a passenger prompting the officer to draw his firearm. For reasons not apparent to the driver and never explained to the family of Mr. Harris— he was then shot a point blank range in the head. The driver never saw a gun. There was no aggression on the part of Mr. Harris— just a single shot to the head killing him. This office has been retained and we will be pushing for #justiceforRobertHarris.

You can donate to help Harris’ mother with funeral expenses here.

Donate to Harris’ children here.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol told FOX23 the situation started with a traffic stop around 9 a.m. near Vinita.

Troopers say there was woman driving the car they stopped and a man in the passenger seat.

The trooper brought the female driver back to his patrol unit to speak with her, according to officials. After a short encounter, Harris re-entered the passenger’s side door and was exiting again when the trooper discharged his firearm one time.

That male passenger was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

The woman and trooper were not injured.

A loaded semi-automatic pistol and narcotics were located while processing the scene.

OHP Troop Z (Investigations Division) is conducting the investigation into the shooting.

Trooper Caleb Cole, a 14-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

June 25, 2020 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigates a trooper-involved shooting on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Vinita.
June 25, 2020 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigates a trooper-involved shooting on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Vinita. (FOX23)