Man, 46, fatally shot after pointing gun at police in Lewes

November 30, 2019

A 46-year-old man died Nov. 29 after police say he was shot in Lewes after pointing a gun at police.

Delaware State Police and Lewes police went to a home in the 300 block of East Savannah road shortly after 8:22 p.m. for an armed man who was threatening suicide, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police.

Austin said the man was standing in the driveway of the home, holding a handgun and making suicidal statements. Police spoke to the man who put the weapon on the ground twice during their conversation, but then he picked up the handgun again even though police told him to leave the gun alone, Austin said.

Once in possession of the handgun, Austin said, the man pointed it at police, at which time a trooper discharged his divisional-issued patrol rifle, striking the suspect in the upper torso.

Emergency medical care was immediately initiated by the officers on scene, and the man was taken to Beebe Healthcare, where he was pronounced deceased, Austin said. Identification is pending notification of next of kin.

The trooper involved in the shooting is assigned to Troop 7 in Lewes and has been employed by the Delaware State Police for five years. He has been placed on administrative leave per policy.

East Savannah Road was closed between Cedar Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The case remains under investigation.


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