*** OFFICER DOWN ***
Corporal Stephen J. Ballard
Delaware State Police, Delaware
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Corporal Stephen Ballard was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle.
Corporal Ballard observed a suspicious vehicle at a gas station with 2 subjects. Upon contacting the subjects one began to struggle with Corporal Ballard. The suspect pushed Corporal Ballard away and began to run away, however after a few steps, he turned around and opened fire on Corporal Ballard striking him several times. Both suspects then ran from the scene.
One suspect was found and arrested by responding Officers. The second suspect was tracked to his home. He barricaded himself in the home and after a couple hour standoff, the suspect emerged firing at Officers who returned fire killing the suspect.
Corporal Ballard was transported to the hospital in grave condition where he died.
Corporal Ballard was an 8 1/2 year veteran of the Delaware State Police. He is the 33rd line of duty death in 2017. He is survived by his wife.
Today we remember his sacrifice. End of Watch: April 26, 2017.
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Stopped by to drop off flowers and pay my respects. I could not hold back my tears, and the officer there approached me and hugged me as tight as he could. For a few minutes we both just stood there, sobbing. Thank you to Cpl. Stephen Ballard and to all of the other men and women in uniform who risk their lives everyday. We cannot thank you enough. 🖤💙🖤 #policelivesmatter#backtheblue#thinblueline