Caddo sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting tonight involving a deputy and a man who said he was armed with a gun.

Just after 8 last night, deputies responded to the 6800 block of North Colony Drive after being notified that a man had locked himself in a vehicle and was threatening to harm himself with a blow torch. The first deputy to arrive produced his Taser and walked toward the car, where the man sat in the passenger's seat with the door open. The man immediately yelled at the deputy that he was armed with a gun.

The deputy threw down his Taser and pulled his service weapon while ordering the man to show his hands. The man continued to sit in the car while repeatedly shouting that he was armed. He refused numerous demands by the deputy to show his hands. After refusing more demands to show his hands, the man quickly sprang to hit feet and threw his forearms over the top of the opened car door while pointing an object at the deputy. The deputy fired, striking the suspect once.

The suspect, 28-year-old Joseph J. Hanegan, was taken to LSU Health Shreveport, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies said a hand tool found at the scene is believed to be the object Hanegan claimed was a gun. A search of the car is expected to take place today; however, deputies say the interior of the car did appear to have burn marks.

The deputy has been place on routine leave while the case is investigated.