A former Oklahoma County sheriff’s office lieutenant has been charged in court with second-degree manslaughter in the case of an inmate who died after having his shoulder and wrist dislocated in the county jail.
The charge was filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court against Andres Sanchez, 53. He faces two to four years in prison if convicted.
Sanchez is charged in the death of Oklahoma County inmate Emmett Stanley Martin, 53. Sanchez is accused of “applying unnecessary excessive force” while subduing Martin.
Authorities said Sanchez dislocated the shoulder and wrist of the inmate during a struggle inside the county jail, and those injuries caused internal hemorrhaging.
On Dec. 2, Martin reportedly stuck his hand out of the cell door and refused to remove it so officers could close the door. Martin became combative and was eventually handcuffed and shackled before being taken to the jail clinic, according to the probable cause affidavit written by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation special agent Hollylynn Kelly.
Martin was in jail after being arrested on a warrant issued in connection with a contempt of court citation.
Martin was scheduled to have his arm, which appeared hyper-extended and “messed up,” scanned the following morning. He was found dead in his cell overnight, the affidavit states.
Several law officers inside the jail gave statements that various strikes and types of painful maneuvers were inflicted upon Martin in order to get him to comply, according to the affidavit.
Video of the incident showed Sanchez lifting Martin off the ground by his right arm while Martin was handcuffed.
“Sanchez is seen with his hands on the handcuffs and Martin’s arms were straight up and down. Martin’s left arm was hyper-extended, and the angle of his arm was located in an ‘unnatural’ position,” Kelly wrote in the affidavit.
“There appeared to be a lot of wrenching back and forth with both arms with a lot of force,” she wrote.
Sanchez also placed his left knee across Martin’s shoulder blade while his right knee was pinned on his neck, which is inconsistent with jailer training, according the affidavit.
Hemorrhaging caused by the dislocation of the shoulder and wrist caused Martin’s death, the state medical examiner ruled. Martin’s cause of death is listed as multiple blunt force injuries, Dr. Chai Choi ruled. Most of the hemorrhaging occurred in the right shoulder, the affidavit states.
“In her 30 years of experience, this was the first case Choi had where she had seen this much hemorrhaging from a dislocated shoulder,” the affidavit states.
Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said, “It’s always a disappointment when something like this happens.”
“I was the one who notified the OSBI to come in and begin the investigation. Their report came back and was referred to the district attorney. Charges were obviously filed, and it’s up to the court system now,” Whetsel said.
“One of the things the public can be proud of is that we don’t cover things up. We believe in the rule of law,” he said.
Sanchez is no longer employed with the sheriff’s office, Whetsel said.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater declined to comment Wednesday.