Oklahoma Police Shoot to Death a Deaf Latino Man

Oklahoma Police Shoot to Death a Deaf Latino Man

Oklahoma Association of the Deaf treasurer, JR Reininger told News 9 through an interpreter: "I don't know why this situation so quickly escalated".

Sanchez's father, who was allegedly driving the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run, confirmed that his son was deaf, Capt. Mathews.

The Associated Press reported that police officers Sgt. Chris Barnes and Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at Sanchez's home after a auto parked in the driveway matched the description of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run near the neighborhood.

Mathews says the officers were investigating a reported hit-and-run.

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

When officers arrived, they found Sanchez on the front porch holding a two-foot pipe, according to police.

He said Sanchez was holding a metal pipe that was approximately two feet long and that had a leather loop on one end for wrapping around one's wrist.

Both officers fired at the same time - Lt. Matthew Lindsey deployed his taser, while Sgt. Christopher Barnes shot his firearm.


Numerous people praised Oklahoma City Police online although some people said that they believed the dead man had posed no threat to officers.

Sanchez had "no criminal history that I could locate", Mathews said.

"The guy does movements", said neighbor Julio Rayos. "He don't speak, he don't hear, mainly it's hand movements. That's how we communicated with him", Rayos said.

At one point Sanchez struck the back of his truck. Rayos told the paper that Sanchez had developmental disabilities and didn't talk. "It happened so quickly". The officers already had their weapons drawn, he said.

Sanchez, who is deaf, could not hear the officer's commands and walked off the porch waving the pipe to try to communicate with the officer. Jolie Guebara said he often carried a stick to ward off stray dogs at night. That conspiracy charge is included in a six-defendant second superseding indictment filed on May 18, 2017, and a three-defendant third superseding indictment filed on June 20, 2017. And there have been other controversial officer-involved fatal shootings in Oklahoma recently.

Sanchez's death is the latest in a string of controversial killings by Oklahoma police in recent years.

Author Information: Ellie Silverman is a summer intern for The Washington Post, covering cops and courts, and a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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