Officer shoots, kills deaf man holding a pipe as neighbors yell ‘he can’t hear you’
By Brian Seay
A police officer in Oklahoma City shot and killed a deaf man who couldn’t hear commands to drop a metal pipe.
Oklahoma City Police Captain Bo Matthews said Wednesday at a press conference that Sgt. Christopher Barnes didn’t hear witnesses yelling “he can’t hear you” before opening fire on 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez.
Oklahoma City Police Lt. Matthew Lindsey was investigating a hit-and-run Tuesday around 8:15 p.m. A neighbor and witness, Julio Rayos, told The Oklahoman that Sanchez’s father was the man who was driving a green pickup truck that was involved in the hit-and-run accident. The other driver called police and that’s when Lindsey pulled up to the Sanchez home.
Police initially believed Sanchez was holding a large stick, but later discovered it was a two-foot metal pipe “wrapped in some type of material” with “a little leather loop like maybe you could put it around your wrist,” Matthews said.
“He had this on his right hand and was holding it up,” he said.
When Lindsey saw Sanchez, he called for backup and Barnes arrived. Rayos said he thinks Sanchez was upset about the car accident.
“The guy does movements,” Rayos said of Sanchez, who was disabled. “He don’t speak, he don’t hear, mainly it is