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Family of man killed last year by deputies sues the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

Joshua Barré, 29, was killed after entering a convenience store near East 46th Street North and M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard on June 9, 2017. (KTUL)

The family of a man shot who was shot and killed by Tulsa County sheriff's deputies is suing the sheriff's office.

Joshua Barré, 29, was killed after entering a convenience store near East 46th Street North and M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard on June 9, 2017.

Law enforcement said they were doing a mental health check on Barre the morning he was killed.

They said he walked down several blocks with officers following him before they say he disobeyed their orders and walked into the convenience store.

He was armed with two large knives.

Shots were fired at Barre by two Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies and one Tulsa police officer, he later died from his injuries.

Barre suffered from mental illness and had been off his medication for months before the shooting.

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Barre's death drew a large crowd of protestors.

The sheriff's office released the dramatic dash cam video in the days after the shooting.

Barre's mother, Etta Barre filed the suit accusing the sheriff's office of negligence.

Related | Mother of slain man speaks out about his mental illness and death

She told Tulsa's Channel 8 that Barre had a history of mental health problems that they'd been working through and she said more than once.. "They did not have to kill my son."


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