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FORT BEND COUNTY A Fort Bend County Sheriff s deputy shot and killed a mentally ill man who threatened him with a knife Monday evening, according to authorities.

It happened at a home in the Sunrise Meadow subdivision, located just south of Richmond off FM 2977.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff s Office received a call about a suicidal person who had barricaded himself inside a home in the 7000 block of Dawn Bloom around 5:45 p.m.

When the deputies entered the residence, they were confronted by Michael Blair, 26, who was holding a knife. The deputy attempted to subdue Blair with a taser, but to no avail. In close quarters, Blair allegedly advanced toward the deputy who shot and fatally wounded Blair.

The deputy involved is an 11-year veteran with the Fort Bend County Sheriff s Office. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

The Internal Affairs Division of the Fort Bend County Sheriff s Office is conducting the investigation of the incident.

Family members said Blair suffered from schizophrenia.

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