Nicky Wilkinson

A Gonzales man was fatally shot Friday night after he pointed a gun at a neighbor, who then returned fire, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies were called around 8 p.m. to a Fox Run Drive residence, where they found the neighbor standing in the yard with a handgun, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. The neighbor said he heard a disturbance and went to see if he could help, the release says.

As the neighbor approached the residence, Nicky Wilkinson, 43, pointed a handgun at the neighbor, the release states. The neighbor then fired a shot that struck Wilkinson, the release says.

Wilkinson's wife filed a restraining order against him in February, the release says.

"The restraining order was active and the two were due in court this Friday, August 26," the release says.

The neighbor will not be charged, according to the release.