Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigating Robbery of Canterbury Shore Stop

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Felton – Troopers are investigating a robbery of the Canterbury Shore Stop that occurred early this morning.

The incident occurred around 2:02 a.m. Sunday April 30, 2017, when a male suspect entered the convenience store, located at 8953 South DuPont Highway, then approached the employee at the counter and implied he was armed with an unknown type handgun.  The suspect demanded cash and the clerk complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of currency.  The male then fled the business in a northerly direction.  The employee was uninjured in this incident.

The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a dark colored coat, and black and white checkered pants (No further physical or clothing description).  Armed with an unknown type handgun.

Surveillance photo attached.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective J. Buzzuro at 302-698-8502. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 043017 1945

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State Troopers Investigating a Serious Motor Vehicle Crash North of Bridgeville

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Bridgeville – The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle that occurred mid-morning Saturday.

The incident occurred around 10:20 a.m. Saturday April 29, 2017 as a 72-year-old male was operating a 2015 Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Newton Road negotiating a slight right curve just east of Adams Road.  A 2012 Cadillac CTS was traveling westbound on Newton Road approaching the motorcycle while negotiating the same curve to the left.  For unknown reasons, the motorcycle crossed the center line of the road and struck the left side of the Cadillac in the west bound lane.  After impact, the motorcyclist and motorcycle slid on the left side and came to a stop in the westbound lane.  The Cadillac came to a controlled stop on the westbound shoulder, just east of Adams Road.

The 72-year-old motorcyclist was wearing an approved D.O.T. helmet and was airlifted to Christiana Medical Center where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

The adult male operator of the Cadillac and his adult male passenger were properly restrained and uninjured.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this case for either driver.  Newton Road between Adams Road and US13 was closed for approximately three and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Released: 042917 1815

Bridgeville Crash

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Homeless Sex Offender Notification

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary E. Fournier

DoverThe following are not wanted.   This is a Homeless Sex Offender Public Notification.  If you have information that any of the listed subjects are occupying a residence, please call 302-672-5306.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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Released: 042817 1940

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Services for Corporal/1 Ballard Planned

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark- Delaware State Police have released the funeral arrangements for Corporal GRADE 1 Stephen Ballard who was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday in Bear.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A PUBLIC VISITATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017, FROM 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. AT THE CHASE CENTER ON THE RIVERFRONT , 815 JUSTISON STREET, WILMINGTON, DELAWARE.

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC VIEWING, THERE WILL BE A PASS AND REVIEW FOR UNIFORMED EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL

A MEMORIAL SERVICE HONORING THE LIFE OF CORPORAL GRADE 1 BALLARD WITH THEN BEGIN AT APPROXIMATELY 11:00 A.M.

BURIAL, WHICH WILL BE ATTENDED BY FAMILY AND DELAWARE STATE POLICE PERSONNEL, WILL BE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE GRACELAWN MEMORIAL PARK LOCATED AT 2220 N. DUPONT HIGHWAY, MINQUADALE, NEW CASTLE.

Updated funeral arrangement information can be obtained by contacting the Delaware State Police Home Page at: http://dsp.delaware.gov/.

RELEASED: 042817 5:10

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Trooper Shot Outside Newark Area Convenience Store – **Update #3**

Presented by Public, Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear- The Delaware State Police continue to investigate the shooting death of Cpl/1 Stephen Ballard which occurred at a Bear area Wawa on Wednesday, April 26.

Homicide Unit detectives are continuing to gather information in reference to this tragic incident. They are asking anyone who may have witnessed the events which occurred at the Wawa or has any information to contact Det. Jon King at 302-698-8561. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 042817 0940

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** Update** State Police Investigating a Fatal Crash East of Delmar

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Delmar – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash east of Delmar.

The incident occurred around 12:43 p.m. Thursday April 27, 2017 as a 35-year-old female was operating a 2002 GMC Yukon southbound on Pepperbox Road approaching the intersection at Whitesville Road (SR30) with a posted stop sign.  A 32-year-old male operating a 2016 Kenworth tractor pulling a 2014 Ledwell trailer westbound on Whitesville Road approaching Pepperbox Road.  Whitesville Road is a throughway and traffic is not required to stop.  The Yukon failed to stop at the posted stop sign and entered the intersection as the tractor trailer was crossing and struck the right side of the trailer.  As a result, the Yukon began to violently rotate multiple times before coming to a stop on Whitesville Road west of the intersection.  The tractor trailer came to a controlled stop in the roadway a short distance west of the intersection.

The 35-year-old female, who was properly restraint was pronounced dead on scene.  Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The 32-year-old male tractor trailer operator was properly restrained and uninjured.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. There is no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement on behalf of the 35-year-old female at this time.  Whitesville Road was closed at Pepperbox Road for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Click to view original release ** Traffic Advisory** State Police Investigating a Fatal Crash East of Delmar

Released: 042717 2105

Delmar Fatal

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Memorial Fund Established for Family of Fallen Trooper

Ballard

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Cheswold- On April 26, 2017 Delaware State Police Corporal Stephen Ballard was killed in the line of duty while serving the citizens of our state. Corporal Ballard, age 32, an eight-year veteran leaves behind his wife and 5 year old daughter.

A memorial fund has been established at the Delaware State Police Federal Credit Union in the name of Corporal Ballard and all proceeds will be given to his family. Checks can be made out to the DSTA- Stephen Ballard Memorial Fund, PO Box 168, Cheswold DE 19936.

This is the only official memorial fund dedicated in the name of Cpl/1 Stephen Ballard.

For any questions please contact the Delaware State Troopers Association at 302-736-9958.

Released: 042717 1545

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Trooper Shot Outside Newark Area Convenience Store – **Update #3**

Burgon Sealy, Jr.
Burgon Sealy Jr

 

Presented by Public, Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear- The Delaware State Homicide Unit Detectives continue to investigate the shooting death of Cpl/1 Stephen Ballard which occurred at a Bear area Wawa yesterday afternoon.

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at approximately 12:06 p.m. Cpl. Stephen Ballard, an 8 and a half-year veteran of the Delaware State Police, conducted a stop on a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Wawa located at 1605 Pulaski Hwy, Bear. Cpl. Ballard, was in uniform and in a fully marked police vehicle, when he contacted the male driver of a red Dodge Charger. The Dodge Charger was also occupied by a second male subject in the front passenger seat. Cpl. Ballard made contact with the driver and the passenger who both provided identification.  Cpl. Ballard then walked to the passenger side of the vehicle to address the occupant.  The passenger, who was later identified as Burgon Sealy Jr, 26, of Middletown, advised that he had arrived at the Wawa in a gray Honda Accord which was also parked in the lot.  Cpl. Ballard then asked him to step out of the Dodge Charger.  As he exited the vehicle, a struggle ensued during which time the suspect began firing at Cpl. Ballard with a handgun he had produced from his waistband.  Cpl. Ballard attempted to run for cover behind a parked vehicle, however, Sealy pursued him. The suspect fired the handgun, striking him in the upper body. Cpl. Ballard immediately went to the ground.  The suspect then fired multiple rounds at close range, again striking him in the upper body.  The suspect then ran to the gray Honda and fled from the parking lot.  The driver of the Dodge remained in the Wawa parking lot, and was taken into custody by responding troopers. The investigation has determined that he is not a suspect in this incident.

Through investigative leads, it was learned that the suspect had made contact with family members and advised them that he had shot a trooper at the Wawa. The family immediately relayed that information to police. With that information investigators learned that the suspect was now in a residence in Brick Mill Farms, Middletown.

As the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team arrived at the residence and proceeded to establish a perimeter, the suspect began firing multiple rounds at the officers from inside of the residence. Special Operations Response Teams and Conflict Management Teams from allied police agencies then responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the male suspect, in an attempt to persuade him to surrender. It had been learned that he was the sole occupant of the home.

When the suspect ceased contact with negotiators, at approximately 8:22 p.m., the Delaware State Police Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) utilized an explosive breeching charge on the front door.  Still no contact was made with the suspect.  Attempts to contact him to work toward a peaceful surrender continued throughout the overnight hours.

At approximately 4 AM this morning, Thursday, April 27, officers reported hearing numerous gunshots originating from inside of the home. However, once again no contact was made with the suspect.

At 9:17 AM, the armed suspect exited the residence and engaged police. He was then shot by law enforcement.  Lifesaving efforts were then initiated by Delaware State Police and EMS personnel, however Sealy succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 9:29 AM.  His body was turned over to the Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed.

Most of the residents of the neighborhood who had been evacuated were permitted to return home.

This investigation into this incident by the Delaware State Police is still on-going. More information will be released as the investigation progresses.

Released: 042717 1520

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