Family demanding answers after fatal deputy-involved shooting


FORT BEND COUNTY – The family of a man shot to death by a deputy is demanding answers from the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

Community activist Quanell X joined the family of Michael Blair Thursday night on the steps of the sheriff's office.

Blair's mother said her son locked himself in a bathroom at their home on Monday.

Deputies were called to help but say the 26-year-old refused to cooperate.

Officials said Blair had a knife.

The sheriff's office said a deputy used a Taser on Blair, but when he advanced toward the deputy, the deputy fired his gun.

Investigators with the sheriff's office say the deputy fired his gun 11 times, fatally wounding Blair.

Blair's mother says her son was a diagnosed schizophrenic.

She says she doesn't understand why deputies shot him to death.

"I just wanted him to come out of the bathroom, but not in a body bag," said Kimberley Olaniyi, the victim's mother. "I'm asking [that] this doesn't happen to one more mental health person."

Authorities said the deputy who fired his gun is an 11-year veteran with the sheriff's office. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigating.