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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Two Florida Panhandle sheriff's deputies are on paid leave after fatally shooting a man holding a rifle outside his home.

James Kirkland Jr. was shot Friday by Escambia County sheriff's deputies outside his Pensacola home. He died at a hospital.

His sister tells the Pensacola News Journal that Kirkland suffered from mental illness. Rosemary Kirkland also says her brother suffered a stroke in 1996 that left him legally blind.

Deputies were dispatched after Kirkland's mother called a mental health facility where he was being treated to report that he was distraught. The facility's staff called 911.

Authorities say Kirkland pointed a rifle at the deputies. It was not clear if Kirkland fired his weapon. Sheriff's office spokesman Matt Baxter says the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.