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Deaf man shot dead by Oklahoma City police

Posted by on Sep. 21, 2017 at 2:30 AM
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'He can’t hear you!’: Deaf man shot dead by Oklahoma City police as neighbors scream in horror

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A deaf man carrying a metal pipe was fatally shot by Oklahoma City police on Tuesday night as neighbors frantically tried to tell officers that he couldn't hear their commands.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was shot and Tasered on a porch on Tuesday around 8:15 p.m. after he allegedly advanced toward officers following a hit-and-run involving his father, Police Capt. Bo Mathews said Wednesday.

The encounter unfolded after witnesses called police to report the hit-and-run, and said the driver, Sanchez's father, had fled the scene and driven to the residence. Mathews did not know if anyone was injured in the crash, but said the car hadn't struck anyone. Sanchez was not in the car at the time of the hit-and-run and had no criminal history, officials said.

Upon arriving at the house to investigate the accident, Lt. Matthew Lindsey saw Sanchez on the porch, holding a 2-foot-long metal pipe "wrapped in some type of material" with a small leather loop on the end of it, Mathews said.

A neighbor, Jolie Guebara, later told The Associated Press that Sanchez often carried the pipe to fend off stray dogs when he went for walks at night.

The lieutenant perceived the pipe as a weapon and called for backup. Sgt. Chris Barnes arrived.

"When the other unit arrived, verbal commands were being given to this individual to drop the weapon and get on the ground," Mathews said.

Instead of doing that, Sanchez kept moving toward officers, Mathews said. Lindsey and Barnes ordered him to "drop the weapon and get on the ground."

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That's when witnesses started yelling "he can't hear you," according to Mathews.

"The witnesses were yelling that this person, Mr. Sanchez, was deaf, and could not hear," he said. "The officers did not know this as the time."

Mathews did not know whether the officers heard the witnesses' screams.

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

Both struck him. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Barnes is being put on paid administrative leave. It wasn't known how many shots he fired, but it was "more than one," Mathews said, adding that the case was being investigated as a homicide.

The officers who shot and Tasered Sanchez did not have body cameras on — the department is in the process of getting them — and Mathews said he did not know why they didn't respond to neighbors' warnings that Sanchez was deaf.

"When you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision," he said, "or you can lock into just the person who has the weapon, the threat against you."

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Tasering him was not enough?

by on Sep. 21, 2017 at 2:30 AM
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joyfree
by Bronze Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 2:36 AM
Apparently not.

How horrible!!!

Why does it seem like there are way too many of these incidents happening these days, especially with everybody having a camera most of the time.

Sad.
bluefirewolf
by Gold Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 2:46 AM

this is horrible - 

justinnaimee
by Ruby Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 2:55 AM
Trigger happy asshole at it again. We all know he'll get off Scott free too.
BmoreRavens
by Raven on Sep. 21, 2017 at 3:06 AM

This brought tears to my eyes, and it literally made me feel sick, and I hate the helpless feeling that there is nothing that we can do to stop it! There is NO excuse for this BS of shooting first, and asking questions later. Especially, when the poor man had been tased.

Dzyre1115
by Desiree` on Sep. 21, 2017 at 3:32 AM
I feel terrible for all involved. When you make it open season on police officers we are going to have more and more of these instances....
Wynniebear
by on Sep. 21, 2017 at 3:45 AM
OMG! I had not seen this yet! I will have to watch the local news in the morning. OKCPD will shoot anything that moves here lately! A couple years ago one of the rookie cops shot his handgun at my neighbors dog and killed him we were lucky that was all he killed that day as several of our kids were playing outside a few minutes before that!
Quakercaoimhe
by Esperantisto on Sep. 21, 2017 at 4:06 AM

ACAB

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Sep. 21, 2017 at 4:08 AM

Holy crap!  It's way past time for new and different police training. This should not be happening.

BmoreRavens
by Raven on Sep. 21, 2017 at 4:10 AM


Quoting Wynniebear: OMG! I had not seen this yet! I will have to watch the local news in the morning. OKCPD will shoot anything that moves here lately! A couple years ago one of the rookie cops shot his handgun at my neighbors dog and killed him we were lucky that was all he killed that day as several of our kids were playing outside a few minutes before that!

I just read in another article that the poor man could not speak, either, and is special needs, and that the pipe was actually just a stick? I'm not sure if any of this is true, but it would only make it WORSE if it is.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Sep. 21, 2017 at 4:14 AM
I can see how a person who is not used to handling weapons not hearing anything because they're focused on a perceived threat to their life, but police officers are trained to hand weapons under duress so I'm not buying that excuse.

I was walking through an airport in Egypt and an armed security guard pointed his weapon at me and screamed at me. My co-workers were talking to me but I didn't hear a thing but the blood rushing through me. We never found out what the guy was doing or why he did that, but my legs were shaky for the rest of the day because of the extreme adrenaline rush.
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