• Magdiel Sanchez holding metal pipe did not obey officers’ commands
  • Witnesses were shouting ‘he can’t hear you’ before fatal shooting

Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe did not hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said on Wednesday.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was not obeying the officers’ commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night, police captain Bo Mathews said at a news conference. He said witnesses were yelling “he can’t hear you” before the officers fired, but they did not hear them.

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