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Photo provide by KATC -- This is the trailer where Shannon Labit, 40, was killed after an officer involved shooting in Iberia Parish.

NEW IBERIA — Family members of a man shot and killed by a deputy last weekend are calling on the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office to provide specialized training for encounters with mentally disabled people.

Shannon Labit, 40, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia since his late teens, his family said at a Thursday press conference. The New Iberia man known by his community to be mentally disabled — but able to read the Bible and quote Scripture to any listening ear — was killed early Sunday morning after an hours-long standoff that began with a domestic call.

Labit’s nephew Jeremy Randazzo said his family wants to see measures taken to ensure law enforcement officers are properly trained to de-escalate such situations without lethal force.

“We refuse to brush this off,” Randazzo said.

Labit’s mother, Mary Ann Gachassin, said her son suffered from severe delusions, hearing voices and believing he had a microchip implanted in his brain.

She said his illness exacerbated his fear of law enforcement, a fear leading relatives to discount the police narrative that Labit had approached deputies with a knife when he was shot.

“He didn’t run to them. He runs from them,” Gachassin said.

Family members also questioned why more than a dozen deputies in SWAT gear surrounded Labit’s home and refused to let relatives familiar with his disability coax him into surrender.

Harley Delahoussaye, Labit’s cousin, said she was denied access to the scene when she offered to talk him out of his McDonald Street camper. She said she soon heard the gunshot that killed him, with deputies telling her they first tried shocking Labit with a stun gun and shooting him with bean bags.

The Sheriff’s Office, which has not identified the deputy who shot Labit, has placed the deputy on administrative leave with pay while Louisiana State Police investigate the incident.

Labit’s resistance to less-lethal force is like that of another man suffering from paranoid schizophrenic man who was shot dead last year by a St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s deputy.

Michael Noel, 32, twice ripped the prongs of a stun gun out of his body before a deputy shot him while trying to take him into protective custody. Noel suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office declined criminal charges in the case, although Noel’s family has since filed a civil rights lawsuit in his death.

A 2015 report from the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center found a minimum of one in four fatal police encounters involves someone with a severe mental disability.

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