Robert D'Lon Harris, 34

Vinita, Oklahoma
June 25, 2020

Agencies: Oklahoma Highway Patrol DPS | Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI)

Cause of death: Shooting

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Robert D'Lon Harris from Tulsa, Oklahoma was killed by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer, later identified as Trooper Caleb Cole during a traffic stop.

The incident happened around 8:56 a.m. on the Will Rogers Turnpike eastbound at mile marker 285, which is about five miles from Vinita.

OHP said the trooper pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation.

The trooper brought the female driver back to his patrol unit to speak with her and then went back to the vehicle to speak with Harris, the passenger, OHP said.

The events leading up to the shooting are unclear, but OHP said the trooper discharged his weapon, shooting Harris.

Harris was taken to the hospital where he eventually died.

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