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


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, daughter, and parents.

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Rest in Peace my bother.

I have known you since you were a teen and a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol on Andrews AFB. You were more than just one of my cadets, you were family. You were always welcome in my house. About the only one who could show up unannounced but were still always welcome.

My biggest regret was that we could not work out our schedules and see each other while I was at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA from Oct to Dec 2016. I know we thought it was no big deal since we planned on you and your family coming out to visit us in Hawaii this Summer. Sorry that never got to happen. You will never be forgotten.

Special Agent Edward Arias
FBI Honolulu
September 7, 2017


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