Oklahoma City cops shoot & kill deaf man, despite warnings

Magdiel Sanchez mainly communicated through hand movements a neighbour says

Magdiel Sanchez mainly communicated through hand movements a neighbour says

Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at the scene first and confronted Sanchez on the porch.

"The witnesses were yelling that this person, Mr. Sanchez, was deaf, and could not hear", he said. A man with a stick was in a yard when he was shot with a Taser and an officer's gun.

He said Lindsey then deployed his Taser and Barnes fired a gun when Sanchez had got about 15 feet away from them.

He said Sanchez was holding a metal pipe that was approximately two feet (0.6 meters) long and that had a leather loop on one end for wrapping around one's wrist. Mathews did not know if anyone was injured in the crash, but said the vehicle hadn't struck any people.

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Sanchez's father, who was not named, confirmed to police that his son was deaf.

A neighbor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Sanchez carried a stick to ward off stray dogs when he walked at night. He said witnesses were yelling "he can't hear you" before the officers fired, but they didn't hear them. His father was driving, and had left the scene after hitting an object, Mathews said.

Another local resident said that Sanchez used written notes to communicate, adding that she often saw him with the stick.

According to police, officers were working a hit-and-run crash in the area and located the suspect vehicle on SE 57th.

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The Oklahoma City police department is in the process of getting equipped with body cams.

Mathews says the officer who shot the man with the firearm was placed on administrative leave.

In May, a white former Tulsa police officer, Betty Shelby, was acquitted in the 2016 killing of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man who had his hands up when she fired.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was shot after failing to hear police instructions to lower a metal bar he was carrying.

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