Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man in a rural area near Bayou Pigeon on Friday night after the man confronted deputies with a rifle in the woods behind his mother’s house, authorities reported late Friday.

Shaun Wilson Ramo, 36, surprised two deputies when he aimed a rifle at them as they were searching for him in a patch of woods behind a home in the 3900 block of La. 75, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said.

Earlier in the day, deputies had been called out to interview a woman at a nearby residence who had accused Ramo of raping her and of later threatening her and brandishing a rifle at her, Stassi said.

He said about 10 deputies arrived at the home about 5 p.m. Friday, and a search of the home began normally, with Ramo’s mother and her teenage grandson vacating the house while deputies searched the home for Ramo.

Stassi said he was at the search himself because of the especially serious nature of the accusations. As he was standing with Ramo’s mother in front of the house and had been speaking to her for about a minute, Stassi said, he heard several shots ring out.

Ramo had been hiding out and possibly would have stayed hidden in the woods if deputies had not continued to search beyond the house, Stassi said.

Ramo was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unclear whether he had fired any of the shots himself. State Police have been called to investigate the shooting.

“It is unfortunate that the defendant was shot,” Stassi said. “I feel confident in my officers’ response to the threat, but it’s still a sad day.”

Ramo had an outstanding warrant from Iberville Parish for improper telephone communication.

Neighbors described Ramo as a quiet but friendly man who had begun to turn his life around over the past year after struggling with an addiction to painkiller medication.

“He was doing so well,” said neighbor Betsy Berthelot, who added that Ramo had put on weight and looked healthy again. “I was so proud of him.”