Sheriff: Deputies fatally shoot man near Mardi Gras parades

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Officials say deputies fatally shot a man after an altercation and a car chase that ended near Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans.

The shooting happened about 8 p.m. Monday, eight blocks away the busy Mardi Gras parades.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says the incident began at Oakwood Mall in Jefferson Parish after three people reported that a man brandished a gun toward them.

Normand says a deputy approached the man, there was an altercation, and the man fled in a car.

Normand says the man crossed the Mississippi River into New Orleans, where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole.

Normand says the man put his car in reverse and deputies opened fire.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman was taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown.