Lawton, OK – Two Oklahoma police officers have been charged with manslaughter for shooting a man who was violating a protective order in December of 2021 (video below).
The incident began at 8:37 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2021 when Lawton police officers responded to a 911 call about an armed man who was violating an active protective order in the 1800-block of NW Lincoln Avenue, KSWO reported.
Comanche County District Attorney Kyle Cabelka said that when officers arrived at the residence, they learned that 29-year-old Quadry Sanders was inside the home and was refusing to let the residents leave.
Cabelka said officers set up a perimeter around the property and a standoff ensued.
Police began negotiations with Sanders via the public address system on a patrol vehicle, KSWO reported.
Shortly after an officer began giving commands over the speaker, Sanders allowed a female resident of the home to leave, bodycam video showed.
Then officers spotted Sanders trying to escape through the back door of the home, KSWO reported.
The district attorney said an officer ordered Sanders to show his hands, and he did.
Then he ran back inside the house, according to Cabelka.
A few seconds later, Quadry exited the home through a door in the carport, bodycam video showed.
The district attorney said that was when he encountered Lawton Police Officers Nathan Ronan and Robert Hinkle, KSWO reported.
Bodycam video showed the officers simultaneously yelled “Hands hands!” and “Down down down down!” at Sanders.
The video showed Sanders switched a baseball cap from his right hand to his left hand and then ducked behind a refrigerator for a split second as the officers approached before stepping back out with his hands in the air.
That was when bodycam video showed Officer Hinkle opened fire on Sanders.
Cabelka said Officer Hinkle fired four shots at Sanders, KSWO reported.
Sanders fell to the ground screaming as if he had been shot, bodycam video showed.
Officer Hinkle ordered Sanders to show his hands and to “quit reaching.”
The district attorney said the video showed Sanders sat up with his hands in the air and Officer Hinkle fired seven more rounds at him, KSWO reported.
Officer Ronan also opened fire with Officer Hinkle the second time and fired four rounds at Sanders.
Bodycam video showed officers quickly pulled Sanders away from the door so they could clear the house.
Then they began performing First Aid until the ambulance arrived, KSWO reported.
Sanders died in the ambulance on the way to Comanche County Memorial Hospital.
The district attorney said that no weapon was found on Sanders or anywhere near where his body fell, KSWO reported.
The medical examiner’s office determined that Sanders sustained 12 gunshot wounds to his abdomen, groin area, legs, arm, and hand.
Ballistics testing was not able to determine which officer fired the fatal shot, according to KSWO.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) headed up the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Lawton City Manager Michael Cleghorn fired both officers on Jan. 7 after an internal affairs investigation, KSWO reported.
Lawton’s Police Chief James Smith said at the time that he would release the bodycam video after the district attorney had made his charging decisions.
The video was released on May 5 when Cabelka announced the charges against Officers Hinkle and Ronan.
“After review of the entire case file presented by the OSBI, including the Medical Examiner’s Autopsy Report, the Comanche County District Attorney’s Office has made the determination that the shooting of Quadry Sanders was not justified,” Cabelka wrote in a statement released to reporters.
“Officers Robert Hinkle and Nathan Ronan have been charged with First Degree Manslaughter and are presumed innocent of the charges until proven guilty,” the district attorney continued.
Hinkle and Ronan were both released from custody on $25,000 bonds, The Lawton Constitution reported.
They are next scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1 for preliminary hearing conferences.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: