Oklahoma County DA to discuss review of fatal officer-involved shooting of deaf man
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
The Oklahoma County district attorney will host a press conference Friday to discuss an officer-involved shooting that left a deaf man dead in Oklahoma City.
On that day, officers were investigating a hit and run crash at SE 57 and Shields. Officers tracked down the vehicle that fled the scene to a home and were met by Sanchez on the front porch.
Police say Sanchez, who is deaf, was wielding a 2-foot pipe designed as a weapon and did not comply with officers to drop the weapon. Lt. Matthew Lindsey fired a taser and Sgt. Christopher Barnes fired his weapon as Sanchez advanced at them. Sanchez died after being struck by the gunfire. Witnesses on scene report they were telling the officers that Sanchez could not hear them.
Sanchez's father was later determined to be the man behind the wheel that fled the scene.