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Stepfather: Man shot by Caddo deputy wanted to die

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Darrell Ray Player Jr. says his son had only a tool in his hand, and believes he was trying to provoke the deputy. Darrell Ray Player Jr. says his son had only a tool in his hand, and believes he was trying to provoke the deputy.
BLANCHARD, LA (KSLA) -

The stepfather of a man shot and killed by a Caddo Parish deputy Wednesday night says his stepson wanted to die.

Darrell Ray Player Jr. says he was there during the deadly encounter between his stepson, Joseph Hanegan and deputies. They were called to North Colony Drive in Blanchard, LA after Hanegan reportedly tried to commit suicide inside his car that was parked in the driveway.

"The deputy asked him to show his hands, he showed his left hand, but had his right hand behind his back, and he was hollering he had a gun," said Player.

The Caddo Sheriff's Office says Hanegan sprang out of the car and threw his arms over the opened car door.

"He pulled an object, pointed it at the deputy, at that point the deputy fired," said Cindy Chadwick with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

"They shot three times, I guess hit him one time," said Player.

Hanegan was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Player says his son only had a tool in his hand, and believes he was trying to provoke the deputy.

"He was already trying to kill himself. He was trying to commit suicide burning himself up in the car," said Player.

He's talking about an incident that happened before deputies even arrived. Player says his son was under the influence of drugs and became enraged. He says he locked himself in his car and set himself on fire.
 
But Player intervened, breaking the window and dragging his son to safety and saving his life just moments before he would be shot and killed.

Player had hoped the suicide attempt would lead to Hanegan getting help, but now he can only hope his son's death will be a lesson for someone else to learn.

"Stay off drugs. Especially the hard drugs, man," said Player.

The deputy has been placed on leave pending an investigation, which is standard procedure.     

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