Magdiel Sanchez 712th Citizen Killed by Police in 2017

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Oklahoma City Police shot and killed a deaf man on Tuesday night despite people yelling to the police that he was deaf.

The killing of Magdiel Sanchez marks the fifth officer related shooting this year for the department.   Officers were following up on a hit and run accident call around 8:15 p.m. according to Captain Bo Matthews. 

Sanchez was initially encountered by Lt. Matthew Lindsey; he was standing on the porch with a two-foot metal pipe with a leather belt in his right hand.  Backup was called and Sgt. Christopher Barnes arrived.  Officers asked Sanchez to drop the pipe and get on the ground, Sanchez exited the porch and both officers fired on the man. 

Emergency workers pronounced him dead at the scene. 

Spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Police Department said, "In those situations, very volatile situations, when you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision or you can really lock into just the person that has the weapon that'd be the threat against you.” 

Witnesses say they heard five or six shots despite the growing crowd screaming to the officers that the suspect could not hear.

Some of the departments officer wear body cameras however neither of the two officers were wearing the tell-tell camera.  Sanchez had no criminal history, the two officers were white, Sanchez was Latino. 

The shooting is being investigated by the department’s homicide unit as a criminal case as are all officer involved shootings.  Barnes is being placed on paid administrative leave.

Protests over police shootings, mostly of Black men have been an intensified problem around the country since 2014 when most departments initiated the practice.  To date 712 persons have been shot and killed by police in the U.S. in 2017 so far. 

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