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Update: Deputy involved shooting in Breaux Bridge

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One man is dead after a deputy involved shooting Monday in St. Martin Parish.  It happened just outside of Breaux Bridge, near Eunice Road and LA-347.
State Police say the shooting happened around 6:47 p.m.  They say around that time, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office called them about an officer involved shooting.  State Police say a man was shot and killed by a St. Martin Parish Sheriff Deputy, and at least one shot was fired.
Family members are identifying the victim as Michael Noel.  They say Noel was in his early thirties, a father, and had special needs.  They say his mother had called an agency earlier Monday, because Noel was having a "Breakdown," and they wanted him to go to a hospital.  When time passed, and no one arrived, that's when they called the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office.  They say they wanted help from deputies to "calm him down," restrain him, and take him to the hospital.  They say they've called the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office before, and deputies have responded, and were familiar with their situation. 

Noel's aunt, who was in the house and present during the shooting, says deputies put a handcuff on Noel, but had difficulty putting the other one on his wrist.  She says Noel was resisting the deputies, because he didn't want to go to the hospital.  She says Noel was tased twice, and then was shot in the chest by a deputy.

State Police can't confirm at this time details of what happened during the officer involved shooting, or if the victim had special needs.  We will continue to update, as more information becomes available.        

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