LEWES, Del. - Delaware State Police says a trooper fired his gun Friday night and hit an armed man who was threatening suicide. Police now say that the man was fatally wounded. 

Police say troopers responded to assist the Lewes Police Department at around 8:22 p.m. Friday. 

The 46-year-old man was holding a handgun and making suicidal statements in a driveway in the 300 block of East Savannah Road, according to police. 

Police said communication was made with the man and he put his gun on the ground twice before picking it back up. Police say the man refused to comply with verbal commands not to pick the gun up and that once he had it, he pointed it at the troopers and Lewes Police Department officers. 

Police say the trooper fired his patrol rifle and struck the man in the upper torso. Officers on scene immediately initiated medical care and the man was taken to Beebe Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

East Savannah Road was closed between Cedar Street and Massachusetts Avenue while police began the investigation. 

Police said the trooper from Troop 7 in Lewes has been placed on administrative leave. He has been employed by the Delaware State Police for five years. 

Identification of the 46-year-old man is pending the notification of next of kin.

Police said the investigation is active and ongoing.