A criminal investigation has been launched after a man, who was holding a stick, was shot dead by police in the southeast side of Oklahoma city last night.
A witness told the Daily Mail that people were yelling at police that the man was deaf before an officer shot him. 'We have lived in the neighbourhood for 13 years so we knew him to see and we knew that he was deaf.
'As the cops tried to approach him my husband, my daughter and I were all screaming at the police that he was deaf,' a female witness said. Police Captain Bo Mathews said officers were responding to a report of a hit-and-run at around 8:15 pm last night when they found a vehicle that matched the description of the one in the crash.
He said that two officers confronted a man holding a stick who was near the vehicle. One officer fired a Taser and the other shot the suspect with a firearm. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said that the deceased man was Hispanic. One of his neighbours told the Daily Mail that he was deaf and had special needs.