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Police Engage In Lengthy Standoff With Man Accused Of Murdering State Trooper

The Delaware state troopers got revenge for one of their own. The trooper killed in the line of duty was remembered as a family man who was caring and always smiling.

Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard was shot and killed earlier this week in the parking lot of a convenience store. Ballard approached a vehicle with two suspicious people inside, then the passenger, 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr. shot him. The driver was arrested at the scene and Sealy fled. He was killed later on Thursday by police.

Ballard was a 2007 graduate of Delaware State University, where he majored in criminal justice. He was a graduate of the police academy in 2009.

According to Lt. Thomas Brackin, the president of Delaware State Police Troopers Association, Ballard was a “very dedicated family man” and “very well-liked and respected by those he worked with.”

Of note, the fallen officer leaves behind both a wife and a five-year-old stepdaughter.

State police superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen noted at a press conference that Sealy shot the trooper several times after he fell to the ground from the first gunshot. Ballard was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

According to a police statement, officers came under fire at the home in Middletown about 4 am Thursday morning. Authorities note they blew off windows with explosives but did not enter the home. They also blew the front door off its hinges but did not enter then either.

Sealy was holed up inside the house for more than 12 hours since late Wednesday.

McQueen noted Sealy was shot by officers when he finally emerged from his house after a lengthy standoff. According to McQueen, he “engaged with police” while armed. Sealy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sealy had barricaded himself into a home that was apparently owned by his father. Of interest, Sealy had been arrested in 2013 on gun and drug charges.

When asked about the killer, Delaware State Representative Steve Smyk " I do know that he was a 'budding jihadist' and that being said, how long was he a practicing Muslim, I'm not aware of," said Rep. Smyk. "We do know that, at the scene, during this standoff he was heard citing quotes from the Quran, what those quotes were I don't know."

Source: The Washington Post
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