Bear, DE - Delaware State Police Corporal Stephen Ballard's killer was "neutralized" after a standoff that lasted all night.
After the suspected had murdered Corporal Stephen Ballard, he fled to his residence in the 500 block of St. Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farms Development, where police surrounded his house on Wednesday afternoon.
While the suspect was barricaded in his house, he repeatedly fired at officers as they attempted to talk him down.
At around 9:17 AM Thursday, the suspect exited his residence and engaged police in a gun battle. Police had him surrounded by armed tactical officers, and they neutralized the f--k out of him.
Corporal Stephen Ballard was killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle occupied by two people in the parking lot of the Wawa convenience store at 1605 Pulaski Highway on Wednesday.
Delaware State Police Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. said that Corporal Ballard “made contact with the occupants and shortly thereafter, a struggle ensued. It was at this time that one of the two suspects exited the vehicle and proceeded to fire several rounds, striking the trooper.”
A witness described Corporal Ballard falling to the ground, and a suspect continued to repeatedly shoot him. The shooter then fled on foot. The witness described the hero face-down on the ground as nearby citizens rushed over to perform CPR. Corporal Ballard was transported to the hospital where be was pronounced dead.
One of the suspects was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, without further incident, while the second suspect fled to his residence, prompting the standoff.
Sources have identified the suspect as Burgon Sealy Jr., according to The News Journal. Although, the suspect's identity has not been officially released.
Corporal Stephen Ballard was 32-years-old and an 8-year veteran, assigned to Troop 2, Glasgow. He was just married last year. A family member described him as a “husband a son a father and a loving loving person always smiling."
Our thoughts and prayers are with this murdered hero's family as officers continue to try to take his killer into custody.
Corporal Stephen Ballard, your life mattered.
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