Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot A Disabled Man

Man Holding Stick Shot Dead By Oklahoma City Cop

Man Holding Stick Shot Dead By Oklahoma City Cop

A department official said the police officers didn't hear witnesses yelling that Sanchez was deaf.

He said Sanchez was holding a metal pipe that was roughly 2 feet long and that had a calfskin circle toward one side for wrapping around one's wrist.

Police said officers on the scene did not hear the neighbors.

It was unclear how many witnesses saw the incident, but Mathews said investigators have interviewed "quite a few".

The news comes just days after two police officers were shot in Chickasha, Oklahoma on Sunday while executing a search warrant.

Police said they arrived to Sanchez's house to investigate a hit and run auto accident involving Sanchez's father, who initially called police and told them his son had hit his vehicle. "And they proceeded on shooting him", Rayos said.

An officer responding to a hit-and-run call pulled up at the house where Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was outside on his porch, according to The New York Times. Lindsey called for back up, believing that Sanchez posed a threat and waited until Sgt. Christopher Barnes came to help.

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"I don't think they had to shoot him", he said. "Again, I don't know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point because I was not there but they very well could not have heard everybody yelling", said Capt.

In response, the two officers opened fire simultaneously - one with his gun, and the other with a Taser. "He don't speak, he don't hear, mainly it's hand movements".

Both officers told Sanchez to drop his weapon, Matthews said.

"He always had a stick that he would walk around with, because there's a lot of stray dogs", Guebara told the AP, adding that she heard five or six shots.

Police said Sanchez's father turned out to be the suspect in the hit-and-run accident they were investigating. He acknowledged that neighbors had yelled at police that Sanchez could not hear before he was killed.

Rayos said Sanchez had never been aggressive toward anyone and he believes the officers misunderstood his actions. While people continued to scream, the first officer fired his Taser at Mr. Sanchez, while the second fired his handgun, the police said. "That is the means by which he conveys", Rayos told the daily paper. Rayos speculated that Sanchez became frustrated trying to tell the officers what was going on. Neither of the men was wearing a body camera. Once that determination is made, the department will conduct an internal investigation into Barnes' actions. According to the Washington Post, it's unclear why Barnes used his gun instead of a Taser.

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