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Deputy shoots, kills man running away with box of stolen chicken, according to report

Christopher Whitfield was running away from police when he was shot. Whitfield's family said he was mentally ill.
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NEW ORLEANS — A sheriff's deputy shot and killed a possible burglar Monday morning in East Feliciana Parish, WBRZ reports.

The victim's family identified him as Christopher Whitfield. He was 31-years-old and diagnosed with a mental illness, his family said.

The sheriff's office confirms that a man was killed when a deputy responded to a burglary at a gas station in Ethel, Louisiana.

Whitfield was running from police when he was shot, his family said. He'd allegedly run away from the gas station with a box of fried chicken.

A spokesman with Louisiana State Police said the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation into the shooting with assistance from state police.

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