OK Chief to Meet With Deaf Advocates After Shooting

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Incidents like the one that left a deaf, developmentally disabled man dead Tuesday night in Oklahoma City unfurl quickly, and no amount of training can guarantee perfect results, says Oklahoma City police Chief Bill Citty. “These situations are dynamic,” Citty said. “It’s emotional.” Citty spoke on Thursday about the fatal shooting of Magdiel Sanchez, 35, who was shot and killed by Sgt. Christopher Barnes outside his home, The Oklahoman reports.

Sanchez, who was deaf and developmentally disabled, was wielding a length of pipe when he was killed. Citty expressed his sympathies for the family. He said that he plans to meet with advocates for the deaf and speech impaired soon. Citty said the impact of the hit-and-run crash that led up to the shooting was strong enough to roll Sanchez’s father’s pickup. He then left the scene and drove home. Citty also said that he would release a picture of the makeshift weapon once Barnes had been interviewed by homicide detectives.

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