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An Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a man who had raised concerns for his family after he left their home Sunday afternoon with a gun and later fired it at a person and aimed it at law officers in Plaquemine.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. on Jade Drive, a residential area in north Plaquemine, when the man attempted to evade deputies, said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.

Louisiana State Police identified the man as Shelby Joe Henson, 38, of Plaquemine. 

Stassi said the sheriff's office received a call from Henson's family after he left their home with a gun during an apparent mental health crisis.

"He was not in his right mind," the sheriff said.

State Police said the caller indicated that Henson was impaired on drugs and had threatened to shoot himself and others.

Deputies observed Henson’s vehicle traveling on Dardenne Street in Plaquemine and activated their lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle, State Police said. Henson refused to stop and a short slow-speed pursuit ensued.

Henson turned on Jade Drive and approached a Dodge Ram head-on. Just prior to making impact with the Dodge Ram, Henson fired his weapon at the civilian driver. Henson then exited his vehicle and turned the weapon towards the deputies, State Police said.

Stassi said Henson then began shooting at deputies, prompting them to return fire. State Police, however, did not indicate if Henson fired at the deputies.  

Henson was struck in the leg and abdomen by one of the deputies and airlifted to a hospital. He was in critical condition Sunday evening, according to State Police. He was conscious when paramedics arrived, according to the sheriff.

No one else was injured.

Three deputies were at the scene during the shooting, but only one of them fired at Henson, Stassi said.

Louisiana State Police took over the investigation, a common practice for local agencies after law enforcement use force.

State Police said criminal charges are pending against Henson. 


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