The man suspected of shooting dead a Delaware state trooper outside of a Wawa on Wednesday has been killed by police.
The suspect, identified by Delaware Online as 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr., was shot around 9:30am on Thursday, as cops raided his family’s Middletown home.
Sealy had barricaded himself inside the home shortly after shooting Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, and continued to exchange fire with officers throughout the night and early morning.
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Burgon Sealy Jr. (left), the man suspected of killing Delaware state trooper Stephen J. Ballard (right) on Wednesday, has been shot dead by police who raided his home Thursday morning after a nearly 21-hour standoff
Sealy’s criminal history includes an arrest in 2013 in Orlando, Florida for possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of a concealed weapon.
Ballard was shot several times after he approached a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store near Bear just after noon on Wednesday.
State police superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen said the vehicle had two suspicious people inside.
One man got out of the car and shot Ballard several times before running away, McQueen said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. The other man was arrested at the scene.
‘This is a sad day for our state and for the Delaware State Police family,’ McQueen said as Gov. John Carney stood at his side.
Carney ordered both U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of Ballard, whose body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.
Police tracked Sealy to his home in a subdivision of two-story houses near Middletown, about 15 miles south of where Ballard was shot. The gunman, alone in the house, refused to leave and fired several shots at officers surrounding the home, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said. No other officers were injured.
Above, a view of the standoff situation Thursday morning in Delaware
Police say the gunman continued to shoot at officers throughout the night. They do not know what weapon he is armed with
According to his Facebook, Ballard appeared to be married
Hostage negotiators were on the scene and established contact with the man in an effort to get him to surrender peacefully, Fournier said. But there was no quick resolution as the standoff stretched into the evening.
Around 6:45pm Wednesday, several loud pops echoed through the neighborhood, as police repeatedly ordered the suspect to come out of the house with his hands up.
Shortly after 8pm, police used an explosive device to blow the door of the house off its hinges, but officers did not immediately enter the home, Fournier said.
Officers came under fire from the suspect again around 4am. Police officers breached numerous windows but again did not enter the residence.
A reporter for WPVI tweeted just before 10am on Thursday that authorities told her the situation had ‘resolved’ and the barricade was over.
It was later revealed that Sealy had been fatally shot.
Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting on Wednesday in Bear, Delaware
State police superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen said Ballard approached a vehicle that had two suspicious people inside at the Wawa
One man got out of the car and shot Ballard several times before running away, McQueen said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. The other man was arrested at the scene
The trooper was shot shortly after noon outside a Wawa convenience store (the building seen on the right), and police said they had not determined the motive for the attack
The trooper noticed a ‘suspicious’ car just ouside of the Wawa, which is located on the 1600 block of Pulaski Highway. There were two people inside the vehicle
Sarah Adkins, 18, who lives with her parents on the same street where the suspect was barricaded, said that shortly after arriving home early Thursday afternoon, she started hearing sporadic gunfire that lasted for about an hour and resumed at other intervals.
‘It’s been scary,’ said Adkins, who was told by police to go to her basement and stay there.
‘Just me and my dog,’ said Adkins, who spent the day talking on the phone with her friends and family.
‘I’m doing OK. My mom is a nervous wreck,’ said Adkins, whose parents, along with other residents, have been unable to return to their homes. A local fire company opened its facility to temporarily house evacuated residents while police continued to negotiate with the suspect.
Officers line up to salute the body of their fallen comrade as it arrives at the medical examiner’s office on Wednesday
Adkins said 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.
Police used a robo-calling system to tell residents in the areas to stay inside and lock their doors. The Appoquinimink School District went on lockdown, keeping all students and staff inside school buildings. They were later allowed to leave as police secured the area.
Ballard had been on the force for more than eight years, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz.
‘My heart is with the officer’s family and the officers who have served beside him,’ Carney said in a statement.