Shooting In Parking Lot of Bear Delaware Wawa
Tragically sad news out of Delaware today as a series of horrendous events have been unfolding throughout the day. First, at around noon this afternoon, a Delaware State Trooper was shot in the face at a Wawa in Bear, Delaware. Witnesses report that the officer was investigating reports of suspicious behavior from a car in the Wawa parking lot. As the officer approached, the perpetrator shot the officer, then proceeded to get out of the car and shoot the officer an additional number of times as he lay face down on the ground. Some witnesses immediately began attempting to help the officer as the suspect got away. The shooter fled on foot while a second man was arrested on site.
Sadly, the officer was pronounced dead later this afternoon.
Stand off With Police in Middletown, Delaware
Police were led to 518 St Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farm development of Middletown Delaware where they have been at a stand off with a male who has barricaded himself in the house, periodically shooting out at police officers outside. Sources have now revealed that it is Burgon Dacosta Sealy Jr (Burgon Sealy) who is in the now hours long stand off with police. Sealy’s father Burgon Sealy is the home owner at 518 St Michael Drive in Middletown Delaware. This is not Sealy’s first run in with police, although previous charges were relatively tame.
Burgon Sealy Criminal Record
In 2013, Sealy was booked for one count of displaying a gun in public and another count of possessing marijuana. He was put on probation for one year and court records show he then moved to Delaware. As of now – nearly 9 hours later, the stand off with the officers is still ongoing. Hundreds of residents of Brick Mill Farm have been evacuated to a local shelter.
This article will be updated as this story develops.
UPDATE #1: The Delaware State Police have released the name of the officer. Cpl. Stephen J Ballard was 32 years old and had been with the force for over 8 years. Our thoughts go to his loved ones in this unthinkable time.
UPDATE #2: Delaware State Police have released a statement giving an update on the situation. “The subject continues to remain barricaded inside the residence and is armed with an unknown type firearm… At 8:22pm, the Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) utilized an explosive breeching charge on the front door. At this time, no entry has been made into the residence.”