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Police Come Under Fire in Middletown Barricade Situation


MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say officers have come under fire again at a home where the suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper is holed up.

Police said in a statement that officers came under fire at the home in Middletown about 4 a.m. Thursday. Police say they blew off windows with explosives, but have not entered the home. On Wednesday night, they blew the front door off its hinges, but did not enter.

A man suspected of killing a state trooper has been inside the house since Wednesday. Police say they're trying to make contact with the man to persuade him to surrender.

The trooper Stephen Ballard was slain shortly after noon in the parking lot of a convenience store. Police say the trooper was investigating a car with two suspicious people inside when one man got out and opened fire.

Delaware Gov. John Carney ordered U.S. and state flags flown at half-staff in honor of the Ballard.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.