Oklahoma City, OK – In an extremely heartbreaking story, on Tuesday, Oklahoma City police shot and killed a deaf man after responding to a reported hit-and-run accident. Witnesses claim that they warned police that the man was deaf – but officers opened fire anyway.
Police alleged that Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was spotted near a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved in the incident, and confronted a man standing near the car who they claim was holding a stick – who did not respond to their warnings.
A neighbor told AP that Sanchez was either deaf or hard of hearing, and carried a stick with him as protection from stray dogs.
Witnesses to the killing are on record stating that they informed the police that the man was deaf prior to them opening fire and killing him.
"We have lived in the neighborhood for 13 years so we knew him… and we knew that he was deaf," one of the witnesses told the Daily Mail. "As the cops tried to approach him, my husband, my daughter and I were all screaming at the police that he was deaf."