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Map courtesy Delaware State Police

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a trooper in Sussex County.

They were negotiating with a man with a gun who was threatening suicide outside a house on East Savannah Road in Lewes Friday night when the man, who had put the gun on the ground twice, picked it back up and pointed it at troopers and Lewes police officers, police said.

A trooper with a rifle shot the man, who was taken to Beebe Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man's name is being withheld until his family are notified.

The trooper who fired the shot is a five-year veteran of the force assigned to Troop 7 in Lewes, and per department policy, was placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation.