Prosecutor declines to charge officer in deaf man's killing

An Oklahoma prosecutor has decided not to charge a police officer in the September shooting death of a deaf man who was not following officer commands.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 4:49 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor has decided not to charge a police officer in the September shooting death of a deaf man who was not following officer commands.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater announced Friday that the Sept. 19 shooting death of Magdiel Sanchez outside his south Oklahoma City home was justified.

Police have said officers who responded to a hit-and-run crash encountered Sanchez holding a metal pipe. An autopsy report shows Sanchez was hit with a stun gun and shot five times in the chest, pelvis and upper arm.

According to police, witnesses yelled "he can't hear you" before the officers fired, but they didn't hear them.

Prater earlier this week charged an Oklahoma City police officer with second-degree murder for fatally shooting a suicidal man.

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