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OKC police identify deaf man killed in officer-involved shooting

Oklahoma City police on scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting Sept 19 in Oklahoma City. (KOKH)

Oklahoma City Police have released more details on a deadly officer-involved shooting.

Police say around 8:15 p.m. Sept. 19, officers were working a hit-and-run crash near SE 57th and Shields. Witnesses reported seeing a green truck involved, and according to police, one witness told officers where they could find the suspect vehicle.


Officials say Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at the location and confronted the suspect, Magdiel Sanchez, who was on the porch of a home. Sanchez reportedly advanced to the front yard of the home. Police say Sanchez was initially reported to have a large stick but later investigation found that the object was a 2-foot metal pipe.

Lt. Lindsey reportedly called for backup, with Sgt. Christopher Barnes arriving a short time later. Police say both officers gave verbal commands to Sanchez to drop the pipe, but he continued to move toward Sgt. Barnes. Witnesses on scene were reportedly yelling at officers that Sanchez could not hear them.

Police say Lt. Lindsey deployed his taser at Sanchez, while Barnes discharged his firearm. Sanchez was hit and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later confirmed through the man's father that Sanchez was deaf.

Sgt. Barnes has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated. Police say that neither Barnes or Lindsey were wearing a body camera at the time of the incident.

All information will be turned over to the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office who will decide if the shooting is justified.

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