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Corporal Stephen J. Ballard | Delaware State Police, Delaware Delaware State Police, Delaware

Corporal

Stephen J. Ballard

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 8 years, 6 months

Badge # 1305

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Corporal Stephen Ballard was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a gas station on Pulaski Highway, near Salem Church Road, in Bear, Delaware.

He made contact with two people he observed in the vehicle, at which point one of the men began struggling with him. The man pushed Corporal Ballard away from him and began to run. After taking several steps he turned around and opened fire on Corporal Ballard, wounding him. The man then chased Corporal Ballard as he sought cover behind a vehicle. The man shot him numerous times, including several times after Corporal Ballard fell to the ground.

Responding officers apprehended one of the subjects at the scene. The second subject fled to his home where he barricaded himself inside. After a long standoff, the subject exited his home and opened fire on officers, who returned fire killing him.

Corporal Ballard had served with the Delaware State Police for 8-1/2 years and was assigned to Troop 2, Glasgow. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr.
Delaware State Police
1441 N Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Phone: (302) 739-5901

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Rest in peace my brother. May God bless your family for eternity.

Sgt. K Ford.
NYPD (Ret)
May 20, 2017

 

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