Witnesses yell 'he can't hear you' as cops shoot deaf man

Witnesses yell 'he can't hear you' as cops shoot deaf man

Witnesses yell 'he can't hear you' as cops shoot deaf man

Lt. Matthew Lindsey fired a Taser at Sanchez while Sgt. Christopher Barnes fired his gun, KOCO reports.

Police Capt. Bo Mathews said Wednesday that Sanchez didn't obey the officers' commands and that they didn't hear witnesses yelling at them that Sanchez was deaf.

Police initially said Sanchez was carrying a stick, but Mathews described it Wednesday as a metal pipe. One officer fired a Taser and the other shot the suspect with a firearm. When officers arrived at his home to investigate, they found Sanchez-who had not been in the vehicle with his father-on the porch. Sanchez, who has later confirmed as being deaf, was holding up a two-foot long metal pipe with a leather loop in his right hand, Mathews said.

The incident is being investigated by the homicide unit, Mathews said. Sanchez was not in the vehicle at the time of the hit-and-run and had no criminal history, officials said.

Sanchez's father is thought to the driver of the vehicle, Mathews said. When Sanchez was about 15 feet from the officers, they opened fire - Lindsey with his Taser and Barnes with his gun.

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

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

They confronted a man standing near the auto holding a stick, who did not respond to their warnings.

Jolie Guebara, who lives two houses from the shooting scene, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she heard five or six gunshots before looking outside and seeing police. In 2015, a white Tulsa County reserve deputy fatally shot an unarmed black man who was on the ground being subdued.

As Sanchez walked toward officers, neighbors screamed that he "can't hear you".

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