The suspect in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper was shot and killed today after an hourslong standoff with authorities, according to state police.
Various police agencies had surrounded the evacuated area in Middletown where the man had barricaded himself in his residence on St. Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farm development.
Police identified him as Burgon Sealy, 26. After he fled the scene of the shooting at the Wawa convenience store in Bear, Delaware, he contacted family members to say he had shot the trooper, police said in a news conference this afternoon.
The family members then contacted law enforcement, who tracked Sealy to his home.
Earlier this morning, authorities managed to breach numerous windows with explosives but had not yet entered the home. Officers attempted to make contact with the man and persuade him to surrender, state police said.
The man, who was alone, fired more rounds on authorities today around 4 a.m. ET, according to state police. There were no other reported injuries.
He exited the residence at 9:17 a.m. ET and “engaged police,” officials said. He was then shot by law enforcement and pronounced dead at the scene at 9:29 a.m. ET, state police said.
Residents in the area were evacuated and the Odessa Fire Company opened its facility to temporarily house the evacuated residents.
The standoff stemmed from Wednesday’s shooting that claimed the life of Cpl. Stephen Ballard, an eight-year veteran of the Delaware State Police.
Around 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Ballard observed what police described as a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Wawa that had been there for an extended period of time. The trooper, who was in full uniform, made contact with its occupants, who showed their IDs.
Source: ABC News | MORGAN WINSOR, JULIA JACOBO