Delaware Corporal gunned down while investigating a suspicious vehicle

Fallen Delaware Trooper 1

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 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, fatally wounding him.  Responding officers apprehended one of the subjects at the scene.  The second subject fled to his home where he barricaded himself inside.  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.