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Video shows crash that led to fatal OIS of deaf man armed with metal pipe

When police found the truck involved in the crash parked at a home, Magdiel Sanchez, who was deaf and nonverbal, came out with a metal pipe

By PoliceOne Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY — Surveillance footage released Wednesday shows the events leading up to the fatal shooting of a deaf, nonverbal man armed with a metal pipe.

Video obtained by KOCO shows a green truck being hit from the side, tipping over and landing back on its wheels. The driver who caused the accident drove off and the truck followed. 

Police received calls of a hit-and-run accident and discovered the truck involved parked in front of a home. 

Magdiel Sanchez, who is deaf and nonverbal, exited the residence with a metal pipe, police said. He confronted police before one officer shot him and another deployed a TASER. Sanchez died at the scene. Investigators said his father was involved in the accident. 

Witnesses told KOCO they believe Sanchez was confused because he couldn’t hear the officers. Neighbor Julio Rayos said he and his daughter were yelling that Sanchez couldn’t hear them because he was deaf.

Police Chief Bill Citty told the Associated Press that the shooting raised “a lot of concerns” about officer training for interaction with people with hearing or speech problems. He plans to meet with advocates to work toward better training.

Citty said the shooting is “something that’s tragic either way,” and offered condolences to the Sanchez family. 

The officer who fired the shots is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The Sanchez family has hired an attorney to represent them. 

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