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Jan 29, 2010 7:03 AM

Man shot by deputy in Livingston Parish

WALKER, La. (AP) The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says a 54-year-old Walker man made threatening movements with a gun and fired a shot before a deputy returned fire, killing the man with several gunshots Wednesday afternoon.

Perry Rushing, chief of operations for the sheriff's office, tells The Advocate that the deputy who fired the shots had given the man several orders to put down the 9 mm handgun he was holding.

Deputies identified the dead man as Gerald Rice, but declined to name the deputy who fired the shots.

As part of standard procedure, Rushing said the deputy has been put on paid leave until the investigation is complete.

Rushing said deputies were called Wednesday by a person who said Rice had taken pills, put a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

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