RIP: Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard

The Delaware State Police have released the name of the Delaware State Trooper who was shot and killed at the Wawa convenience store located on Pulaski Highway earlier today.

Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard was 32 years old and an 8.5 year veteran of the Delaware State Police. 

Here is the latest from the Delaware State Police:

Allied police agencies continue to operate on St. Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farms Development. The subject continues to remain barricaded inside the residence and is armed with an unknown type firearm.At 8:22 p.m., 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. Multiple Special Operations Response Teams and Conflict Management Teams from allied police agencies are attempting to make contact with the male subject and are continuing to attempt to persuade him to surrender.

Residents in the area remain evacuated.  There are no reported injuries.

Source:  Delaware State Police