Police chief: 'A lot of concerns' after shooting of deaf man
OKLAHOMA CITY - The police chief of Oklahoma City says he plans to meet with advocates for the hearing- and speech-impaired following the fatal shooting of a deaf man.
Police Chief Bill Citty said Thursday that the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez has raised "a lot of concerns" about training for officer interaction with people who have hearing or speech problems.
Citty says officers who responded to a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night encountered Sanchez holding a metal pipe in his right hand. Citty says Sanchez didn't respond to commands to drop the pipe and was fatally shot.
Officials say witnesses yelled, "He can't hear you," before the officers fired, but they didn't hear them. The officer who fired the gun, Sgt. Chris Barnes, is on administrative leave pending an investigation.