Suspect allegedly chased Delaware state trooper before gunning him down, police say

The 26-year-old suspect who allegedly shot and killed a Delaware state trooper on Wednesday chased the officer before gunning him down, police said.

The suspect, identified today as Burgon Sealy, allegedly shot 32-year-old Cpl. Stephen Ballard, and then fled to his home, where he held a 20-hour standoff with police. He was later shot and killed by police after he emerged carrying a weapon, ABC affiliate WPVI reported.

Here is a timeline of how the standoff unfolded:


Around 10 a.m.

Ballard observed what police described as a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store in Bear, Delaware on the Pulaski Highway. In a press conference Thursday, state police said that they think Ballard “had a reason to stop” the red Dodge Charger and that it could have been “drug involvement.”

The trooper, dressed in full uniform, made contact with both the driver and the passenger, who showed their IDs, police said. When Ballard walked to the passenger side of the car, he asked Sealy to step out of the vehicle, and a struggle ensued.

Volusia County Corrections via AP Photo
This undated photo provided by the Volusia County Corrections shows Burgon Sealy Jr., suspected of fatally shooting a Delaware state trooper, before he was shot and killed by officers after an overnight standoff, April 27, 2017, in Middletown, Del.

Sealy allegedly removed a firearm from his waistband and pursued Ballard in the parking lot. Ballard tried to take cover behind a parked vehicle, but when he fell, Sealy allegedly fired several rounds at him, striking him.

The driver of the car stayed on the scene until more troopers arrived and was taken into custody without incident. He was later released.

Ballard was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital.

Around 3 p.m.

All schools in the Appoquinimink School District in the Middletown, Delaware area are placed on lockdown amid the search for Sealy.

Around 4:45 p.m.

State police announce at a press conference that Ballard has succumbed to his injuries and that Sealy had barricaded himself in his home on St. Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farm development.

After he fled, Sealy had contacted family members to inform them that he had shot the trooper, police said. The family members then contacted law enforcement, who traced Sealy to his home.

Sealy fired several rounds at police officers. Residents in the area were evacuated due to the gunfire.

Hostage negotiators on the scene attempted to get information from the suspect and to obtain a “peaceful resolution,” police said.

Police engage in an hours-long standoff at the Brick Mill Farm development with the suspect in a fatal shooting of a state trooper, in Middletown, Del., April 27, 2017.

7:32 p.m.

Delaware Gov. John Carney announced that U.S. and state flags will be flown at half-staff in Ballard’s honor.

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