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Shooting suspect suffered from depression

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

The brother of the man shot and killed after a police chase on Tuesday says there's another side to the story. It includes Brent Pickard's ongoing battle with depression.

"My brother wasn't an evil person. He was somebody that was in a bad situation, and very confused because of all the things that were going on in his life," Pickard's older brother, Alan, told Eyewitness News.

The 46-year-old was shot dead on Wednesday night after deputies say he pulled a gun on them at the end of an 18-mile chase.

Pickard's family was too distraught to speak on camera on Thursday, but his brother explained over the phone how recent stress was piling up.

"They were compounded by other things that were going on with family and business, that he ended up in a bad situation last night," said Alan.

He said Pickard was battling depression, and taking prescribed medication for it.

The final months of the 46-year-old's life were rocky. In the last month, two family arguments ended with calls to police and a domestic assault charge. In April 2014, Pickard barricaded himself in a Dalton building after a fight with his wife.

But according to his brother, the husband and dad of two was doing his best to get back on track.

He'd been attending Redemption Point Church, just a few miles from his Ooltewah home. Fellow church members told Eyewitness News he was there on Tuesday getting guidance on life.

"People should be able to see a cry for help, instead of just seeing everything in total black and white," said Alan, who explains how the family is now left with more questions than answers.

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"It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion," he said.

Pickard's family hopes dash cam video of the incident will be released so they can have some closure. It is unclear when law enforcement will release the video.

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