Suspect In Delaware Trooper Shooting Dead After Police Standoff

Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard

Cpl. Ballard, 32, was shot several times at about 12:10pm Wednesday after he approached a auto in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store near Bear.

Nathaniel McQueen choked up several times as he explained how Ballard approached the parked auto and was shot by Sealy. However, the second suspect had fled the scene on foot prior to the troopers' arrival. Burgon Sealy Jr. was killed by law enforcement after a 20-hour standoff. Police used an explosive device to shatter the home's front door and windows, but did not enter. With no quick resolution, they blew the door of the house off its hinges shortly after 8 p.m. At around 9 AM, police approached the home with an armored bulldozer and Mr. Sealy exited the home firing his gun. No other officers have been hurt.

Additional officers arrived on the scene and apprehended the driver of the Dodge Charger, who stayed on the scene and waited for police.

Shortly after the trooper's death was announced at Christiana Hospital, a lengthy cortege of state police vehicles left the hospital for a 9-mile trip to the Division of Forensic Science in Wilmington. Police planned a news conference Thursday afternoon to release more details.

Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, 32, was shot several times about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday after he approached a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store near Bear. "A male suspect has refused orders to surrender and continues to fire rounds at police officers", state police said. Ballard on law enforcement was evident when State Police superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen spoke about the trooper's 8½ years of service Thursday.

Cpl. Ballard attended Delaware State University, studying sociology and criminal justice before graduating in 2007, DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said. A local fire company opened its facility to temporarily house evacuated residents while police continued to negotiate with the suspect.

Sealy also shot out many police auto windows during the shootout, Smyk said. That's when a struggle ensued, McQueen said.

Flags in DE were lowered to half-staff as memorials popped up and a fund was set up in honor of fallen state trooper Cpl.

The trooper, Cpl. Stephen Ballard, was slain Wednesday in the parking lot of a Wawa in Bear while investigating a auto with two suspicious people.

Delaware Gov. John Carney is offering his condolences to the relatives and colleagues of a slain state trooper.

Fournier says the man has fired multiple shots at officers from inside the house.

"Police take care of us a lot so when something like this happens, I think we should all take care of them, too", he said, adding he's provided bagels, too. "Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers are with the officer's family and the entire Delaware State Police community during this hard time".

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