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ETHEL (WBRZ) - A deputy shot and killed a possible burglar in East Feliciana Parish Monday morning.
The sheriff's office confirms that a man was killed when one of their deputies responded to a burglary at a gas station near the intersection of Highway 10 and 19.
The deceased man's family identified him as 31-year-old, Christopher Whitfield. They claim Whitfield was running away from deputies when he was shot. He'd allegedly stolen a box of chicken from the store and was trying to run home.
Whitfield's family says he had a diagnosed mental illness, a fact which they say was well-known in his community. Whitfield has a criminal history and had been released from jail earlier this year.
A spokesman with Louisiana State Police says the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation into the shooting with assistance from state police.