Medical examiner releases autopsy for deaf man killed in officer-involved shooting
OKLAHOMA CITY – Medical officials are releasing new details in the death of an Oklahoma City man.
In September, 35-year-old Madgiel Sanchez was shot on his front porch after two Oklahoma City police officers went to the home to check on a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run.
When they got to the home, they were greeted by Sanchez’s father, who didn’t speak English, and Sanchez, who was holding a metal pipe.
“It was designed to be a weapon, it was a fairly large weapon,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.
Authorities say Lt. Matthew Lindsey and Sgt. Christopher Barnes ordered Sanchez to drop the weapon and get on the ground, but he continued to move toward them.
That’s when Lt. Lindsey deployed his taser and Sgt. Barnes shot his firearm. Police say the taser did not connect.
Sanchez was shot and pronounced dead the scene.
Investigators say they learned after the shooting that Sanchez was deaf and could not hear their commands.
On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office released Sanchez's autopsy and his exact cause of death.
According to the autopsy, Sanchez was shot five times in the torso and upper left arm. Medical experts also discovered an apparent puncture wound from a taser on his left thigh.