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Aug 28, 2014 9:21 AM by AP

Deputy shoots, kills man brandishing a gun

Authorities say a Livingston Parish sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who threatened to kill himself and brandished a handgun at authorities near Albany.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Lori Steele tells The Advocate deputies responding to an attempted suicide at 3 p.m. Monday and found 48-year-old Freddie W. LeBlanc, who refused to drop his gun after multiple requests.

Steele says LeBlanc then pointed his gun at the officers, at which point deputies opened fire. LeBlanc was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office.

Steel says the sheriff's office and state police are investigating the shooting.

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