This is when the scene rapidly escalated. When the task force confronted the suspect, he subsequently led them on a brief foot-chase until he was forced to the ground. According to police, Harris continued to resist arrest and refused to take his left arm from underneath his body, which was near his waistband.
It was at this point that reserve deputy Bates reached for what he thought was his Taser. He dislodged his gun instead and fired his weapon, which struck Harris while he was down.
Police say that Harris admitted to EMTs at the scene that he may have been under the influence of the street drug PCP, known to create violent behavior in its users. Harris later died at a local hospital, and the cause of his death is under investigation.
Some speculate that the age of the reserve deputy may possibly add to the controversy of the incident. When CNN affiliate KTUL asked about this, Clark gave this remark: “did an accident happen? Sure. But is it accredited to his age? Or was it credited to the rapidly evolving situation? I guess that will be determined in the investigation."