Delaware State Trooper Murdered – Blue Lives Matter
Update: what really happened in Bear, Delaware on April 26, 2017. Now that the initial chaos of news is over, we have updated information on what really happened. Delaware State Trooper Corporal Stephen J. Ballard, 32, was investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Wawa convenience store. The vehicle was occupied by two subjects.
As he approached the car, a struggle ensued. One of the two suspects exited the vehicle and shot Trooper Ballard. Then, as he lay dying, he stood over him and shot him again multiple times.
One of the suspects was taken into custody without incident. The other one fled to his father’s home and began shooting at police officers as they surrounded the house in the Brick Mill Farms Development. Police brought in an armored front end loader during the 21 hour standoff.
— Brittany Horn (@brittanyhorn) April 27, 2017
At 8:22 p.m. the Explosive Ordnance Division breached the front door, but did not make entry. Overnight the suspect continued to fire at officers. By 4 a.m. this morning, the suspect was still firing at officers. Even after multiple explosive ordnance was use to breach the windows of the house, the suspect refused to give up.
Delaware State Police released a statement which read in part:
Multiple Special Operations Response Teams and Conflict Management Teams from allied police agencies continued to make contact with the male subject and attempted to persuade him to surrender.
At 9:17 a.m., the male suspect exited the residence and engaged police. The suspect was then shot by law enforcement. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:29 a.m.
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) April 27, 2017
The suspect was identified as Burgon Sealy Jr., 26. He killed an officer in cold blood at point blank range.
Community members stepped up and brought coffee and treats in for residents who had to be evacuated during the standoff. Police set up a shelter for the neighborhood.
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) April 27, 2017
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) April 27, 2017
End of Watch April 16, 2017 Blue Lives Matter
Corporal Stephen J. Ballard mattered. He mattered as a protector of the citizens in Delaware. He mattered to his wife of just one year. He mattered to the men and women he served with at the Delaware State Police for 8 years. He mattered as a human being who had dedicated his life to being a sheep dog. To die at the hands of a cop hater is not just tragic, it’s despicable.
R.I.P. Cpl Ballard.
Featured photo: screenshot of the procession honoring Cpl Ballard as they prepared to leave the hospital.
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