DE trooper slaying suspect identified; new details released

Gladys Abbott
May 11, 2017

Police have said the barricaded man is suspected in the shooting death of 32-year-old Cpl. State police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen declined to answer questions about Sealy's possible motives, including whether investigators had discovered any links to terrorism. One of the suspects, identified as Burgon Sealy Jr., exited the vehicle and fired a number of shots, killing Ballard. The cops returned fire, killing Sealy sometime before ten on Thursday morning.

Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Bear, Del.

Investigators said that shortly after noon on Wednesday, Ballard approached two men inside a vehicle in the Wawa parking lot. Stephen Ballard Wednesday around noon, then fleeing to the home where he engaged in the standoff. Ballard, wounded, sought shelter behind a parked vehicle, but Sealy chased after him and fired again, police said, including several shots that he fired "at close range" when the trooper was already on the ground. After speaking with the driver, Ballard then walked toward the other side of the vehicle to talk with the passenger, who was later identified as Sealy. He was assigned to Troop 2 in, Glasgow. His survivors include a wife and daughter, Gov. John Carney said Thursday. 18-year-old Sarah Adkins told the publication that the "the man believed to be the suspect went to school with her brothers, and has always seemed friendly, smiling and waving at her when she last saw him a couple of weeks ago". State police say that man is holed up in his house about 15 miles south, in Middletown.

Ballard was a 2007 graduate of Delaware State University, where he majored in criminal justice, and a 2009 graduate of the police academy. Those charges were dropped. "Cpl. Ballard immediately went to the ground".

"My heart is with the officer's family and the officers who have served beside him", Carney said in a statement. "That investigation is still unfolding, and as those facts become available, we'll certainly make them available", he said.

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Multiple special operations response teams and conflict management teams from several police agencies are attempting to talk to the suspect and persuade him to surrender, Fournier said. Sealy had been barricaded inside the home since Wednesday afternoon, not long after Cpl. A SWAT team and officers surrounded the home. It was detonated around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The suspect refused orders to surrender while continuing to fire at police officers.

Law enforcement gave chase and tracked Sealy to his home in nearby Middletown, Del.

Cpl. Ballard had been a member of the Delaware State Police for over eight years.

"This is a very sad day". Several colleagues choked back tears during a news conference Thursday, touting the bravery and commitment Ballard showed during his time as an officer.

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