Delaware State Police Cpl. Stephen Ballard mourned nationwide

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Cpl. Stephen Ballard

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (WPVI) -- Police and rescue agencies across our region, and across the country, are turning to social media to express condolences for fallen Delaware State Police Cpl. Stephen Ballard.

Ballard was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Wawa store in Bear, Delaware on Wednesday.

"He leaves behind his wife, Louise, a daughter, and a loving family and scores of loyal colleagues," said Gov. John Carney at a news conference on Thursday.

The suspect in the shooting was killed by police on Thursday morning after a nearly day-long standoff at his home in Middletown.

Ballard had been on the force for more than eight years, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz, and served in Troop 2.

He was a native of Bowie, Maryland, and went to Delaware State University. Ballard was a mentor to a number of college students interested in criminal justice. Grief counselors were sent to Delaware State for those students.

Ballard became a trooper in 2009, and was married in January, 2016.

He recently moved to Troop 2 from Sussex.

Here are just some of the many condolences offered by police since the shooting:


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