Sus­pect who killed state trooper fa­tally shot af­ter po­lice stand­off

Law en­force­ment killed man out­side of his own home

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY RAN­DALL CHASE

MID­DLE­TOWN, DEL. | A man who killed a state trooper and then was shot to death Thurs­day af­ter a lengthy stand­off with po­lice had been fond of guns since mid­dle school, a for­mer neigh­bor and class­mate said.

Bur­gon Sealy Jr., 26, was killed by law en­force­ment about 20 hours af­ter he fa­tally shot the trooper and then holed up in­side his home, fir­ing re­peat­edly at the of­fi­cers who had him sur­rounded, said the state po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent, Col. Nathaniel McQueen. Sealy was shot when emerged from the home armed Thurs­day morn­ing and “en­gaged po­lice,” said Col. McQueen, who de­clined to say if Sealy fired a gun at that time.

More de­tails also emerged about Sealy’s en­counter with Cpl. Stephen J. Bal­lard in the park­ing lot of a Wawa con­ve­nience store near Bear on Wed­nes­day.

Cpl. Bal­lard had no­ticed some­thing sus­pi­cious about two men in a car when Sealy, the pas­sen­ger, shot him with a hand­gun. Cpl. Bal­lard, wounded, sought shel­ter be­hind a parked car, but Sealy chased af­ter him and fired again, fa­tally strik­ing the of­fi­cer, Col. McQueen said.

Sealy then fled in an­other car he had driven to the store. The driver of the first car was ar­rested at the scene.

Cpl. Bal­lard, 32, died that af­ter­noon at a hospi­tal. His sur­vivors in­clude a wife and daugh­ter, Gov. John Car­ney said Thurs­day.

Scott Ad­kins, 24, grew up on the same street as Sealy and went to mid­dle school and high school with him. He re­mem­bered him as be­ing fond of paint­ball and air soft guns as early as mid­dle school.

“Mul­ti­ple times, we would tell the [school] bus driver he was talk­ing about guns and stuff like that, but noth­ing ever came of it,” Mr. Ad­kins said.

Records show Sealy was ar­rested in 2013 in Florida on gun and drug charges.

Af­ter shoot­ing the of­fi­cer, Sealy called rel­a­tives and told them what he had done, Col. McQueen said, and they re­ported that to po­lice.

Sealy then drove about 15 miles to his home in a sub­di­vi­sion near Mid­dle­town. Alone in the house, Sealy re­fused to leave and re­peat­edly fired at the of­fi­cers who sur­rounded him. None were hit.

Po­lice warned nearby res­i­dents to stay in­side and lock their doors, and hostage ne­go­tia­tors es­tab­lished con­tact, try­ing to get Sealy to sur­ren­der peace­fully. With no quick res­o­lu­tion, they blew the door of the house off its hinges shortly af­ter 8 p.m.

About eight hours later, af­ter of­fi­cers again came un­der fire, po­lice again used ex­plo­sives to blow off win­dows. Hours more passed be­fore Sealy came out armed and was killed.

Cpl. Bal­lard had been on the force for more than eight years, state po­lice spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

“My heart is with the of­fi­cer’s fam­ily and the of­fi­cers who have served be­side him,” Mr. Car­ney said in a state­ment late Wed­nes­day.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TO­GRAPHS

The man sus­pected of shoot­ing and killing a state trooper in a Wawa con­ve­nience store near Bear, Delaware, died on Thurs­day af­ter a stand­off with po­lice. Po­lice say they tried to ne­go­ti­ate a peace­ful sur­ren­der. The stand­off with the sus­pect lasted 20 hours.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate at the scene af­ter a Delaware state trooper was shot and killed in the park­ing lot of a WaWa con­ve­nience store near Bear, Delaware, on Wed­nes­day.

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