Burgeon Sealy Jr., who shot dead a Delaware state trooper, was a “budding jihadist,” according to Delaware State Representative Steve Smyk.
In an interview with a local radio station, Smyk also said, “We do know that, at the scene, during this standoff [with police] he was heard citing quotes from the Quran, what those quotes were I don’t know.”
The state representative said reports of Sealy crying “Allahu akbar” remain unconfirmed.
Sealy, 26, shot Corporal Stephen J. Ballard, 32, after the officer saw something suspicious about the vehicle Sealy and another passenger were in.
Ballard approached the car and asked the two inside to exit. At that point, Sealy shot Ballard with a handgun he drew from his waistband. As Ballard tried to find cover behind a parked car, Sealy emerged from the vehicle and shot Ballard at close range until he was dead.
Sealy then fled the scene and barricaded himself in his father’s home in Middletown where a gun battle with police officers ensued throughout the night. Multiple attempts to persuade Sealy to surrender failed.
The standoff between Sealy and police lasted until 9:30 am the next morning at which time Sealy was shot dead by police.
Sealy and Ballard both attended Delaware State University. Sealy had previously been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon but served no jail time.