Update: The suspect identified as 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr. 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.
A news conference will be held at Delaware State Police Troop 2, Glasgow at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon where more details of this investigation will be discussed.
UPDATE at 5:38 a.m.
The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper remains barricaded inside his home this morning in Middletown.
Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier is reporting shots have been fired early this morning at the barricade scene on Brick Mill Drive.
Police surrounding the home were fired upon several times at around 4 a.m., Fournier said. There were no injuries reported.
Police have used explosives to blow out several windows in the home; this follows use of another explosive at around 8:22 p.m. last night on the home’s front door.
Officers still have not gone inside the home but continue to try to persuade the suspect to surrender, Fournier said.
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UPDATE at 5:35 a.m.
State police are continuing to monitor the situation where a shooting suspect has barricaded himself inside a Middletown home.
The last update, issued at 4:15 a.m., indicated there had been no attempt to move into the house after police used an explosive device to breech the front door. Police appear to be waiting out the man, who has been in the house for more than 14 hours.
Slain trooper identified
Delaware State Police have identified the trooper shot Wednesday afternoon as Cpl/1 Stephen J. Ballard. Ballard, 32, was assigned to Troop 2, Glasgow, and had been on the force for 8-and-a-half years.
He was shot Wednesday at the Wawa on Pulaski Highway (Route 40) near Bear while investigating two suspects in a vehicle. One suspect got out of the vehicle and after a scuffle with the trooper, the suspect fired several shots. When other officers arrived, one suspect was apprehended but another suspect fled.
Gov. John Carney has ordered both the U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff in Ballard’s memory.
Carney issued the following statement upon learning of Ballard’s death:
“One of our sworn troopers has lost his life performing a duty on behalf of the people of Delaware.
“My heart is with Cpl. Ballard’s family and the officers who have served beside him. Delaware’s law enforcement officers go to work every day knowing they put their lives on the line to protect ours. We are incredibly indebted to their bravery and service.”
Flags are to remain at half-staff until further notice.
Temporary housing for evacuated residents
The Odessa Fire Company has opened its facility to temporarily house the evacuated residents of Brick Mill Farms Development while allied police agencies continue to negotiate with an armed man who has barricaded himself in a home in that development.
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