Cops Charged After Horrific Bodycam Shows Unarmed Black Man Shot With Hands Up
Lawton, Oklahoma — Two former officers from the Lawton Police Department have been charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection to an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Quadry Sanders in December 2021. 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. Officers Robert Hinkle and Nathan Ronan have been charged with First Degree Manslaughter and are presumed innocent of the charges until proven guilty. Their bond was set at $25,000 each. Both men posted bail. A hearing is set for August 1, 2022, with Judge Emmit Tayloe assigned to the case.
On December 5, 2021, officers from the Lawton Police Department responded to 1806 NW Lincoln Avenue, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma. The officers were responding to a call received by dispatch at 20:37 hours from one of the residents at said property. The call to dispatch was made in reference to a male being present at said property in violation of an active protective order and said male was in possession of a firearm. Once officers arrived at 1806 NW Lincoln Avenue, the suspect was identified as Quadry Sanders. Officers learned that Sanders was inside the home located at 1806 NW Lincoln Avenue and was refusing to let one of the residents leave. Officers set up a perimeter around the house. A sergeant with the Lawton Police Department (LPD) then began giving Sanders orders using a PA system in a patrol vehicle. Shortly after commands were given, a female resident of the home exited.
Minutes later, Sanders was seen going out the back door of the home. An officer gave Sanders commands to show his hands, which he immediately complied with, but then Sanders ran back into the home. Seconds later, Quadry Sanders walked out of the front door of the home. Sanders was met underneath a carport by Officers Robert Hinkle and Nathan Ronan. Both Officers Hinkle and Ronan were wearing body cameras which captured the following events: Officer Hinkle begins telling Sanders "hands, hands" as well as "down, down, down, down." Sanders hands are clearly seen and the only item visible in his hands is a ball cap, which he transfers from his right hand to his left hand. As he is receiving these orders, Sanders quickly turns back towards the front door of the home.
Officers Hinkle and Ronan then walk closer to Sanders. As Hinkle approaches, Sanders can be seen raising both of his hands in the air, above his head. At that time, Officer Hinkle shoots his firearm four times at Sanders. Sanders falls to the ground and appears to have been shot, at which time Officer Hinkle once again orders "hands, hands, hands," and to "quit reaching." Sanders sits up from his back with his hands above his head at which time Officer Hinkle fires his firearm seven additional times. Simultaneously with these shots, Officer Ronan also fires his weapon at Sanders four times. Sanders is then secured by Officer Hinkle. On the way to Comanche County Memorial Hospital by ambulance, Quadry Sanders was pronounced dead. No weapon was located on Sanders' body or in the area where he was shot.