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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:00 pm

Slain man schizophrenic

Associated Press

AVON – A suburban Indianapolis man who was shot and killed in his backyard by a volunteer sheriff’s deputy was schizophrenic, according to family members.

The deputy shot Brad King, 29, in the yard of his home in a subdivision near Avon after King charged the deputy with a knife, authorities said.

King’s aunt, Sheila Robertson, told the Indianapolis Star that he was having a psychotic episode.

"All he wanted was peace in his mind," she said. "That’s all he wanted."

King’s father, Matt King, said his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 20 and was not a violent person.

The Hendricks County sheriff’s department said two reserve deputies went to the house to check on the welfare of a man after dispatchers got two calls from King at his home. The deputies encountered King in the backyard after no one answered the front door. No officers were injured.