Lawton, Okla. “Two former Oklahoma police officers were charged with first-degree manslaughter in the deadly shooting of a black man in December while answering a call to 911 for alleged breach of the protection order.”
After a lengthy investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Comanche County District Attorney Kyle Cable on Friday filed charges against former Lawton employees Robert Hinckle, 30, and Nathan Ronan, 29, in the deaths of Quadry Sanders, 29, The O reported.
Body camera footage released by Lawton Police Department shows Sanders standing while facing police in front of a home in Lawton on December 5, 2021. A 911 caller reported that Sanders brandished a gun at the house and did not allow an occupant to leave, according to authorities.
The video shows Sanders emerging from around a refrigerator, his hands visible, and he appears to be holding a ball that he moved from his right hand to his left. Sanders then moved partially behind the refrigerator. Sanders was unarmed, Cable said.
Hinkle fired four shots at Sanders, who appeared to have raised his right hand above his head before falling to the ground. Sanders stood with his hands over his head. Hinckle then fired seven more times.
Ronan also fired four shots at Sanders, according to Cable, bringing the total number of shots fired at Sanders to 15.
Cable said no weapons were found on Sanders or in the area where he was shot.
Gary James, an Oklahoma City-based attorney representing Hinckle, who is Black and Ronan, who is white, said officers have been repeatedly called to the house because of Sanders and evidence will show on the night of the fatal shooting they believed that he was reaching for a weapon in his pants.
“No one is investigating the facts of this case,” James told The Oklahoman on Sunday. “These are good cops.”
James said a gun was later found on a table in the living room where Sanders came out.
Civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents George Floyd’s family and is the chief attorney for Ahmaud Arbury’s estate, also represents the Sanders family. Merritt said she wanted the charges increased to murder.
“It’s really shocking when you get a chance to see Mr. Sanders literally doing his best to try to save his own life, and these employees are acting so callous,” Merritt told KSWO-TV Channel 7 in Lawton.
Hinkle and Ronan were fired from the police department on January 7, Lawton City manager Michael Cleghorn said in a statement.
Hinckle and Ronan were released on $ 25,000 bail Friday. They face at least four years in prison if convicted of Sanders’ fatal shooting. The hearing is scheduled for August 1.
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