Wreath laying honors fallen police officers in Delaware

DOVER, Del. - (AP) - A state trooper who was fatally shot last week was honored Wednesday at an annual wreath-laying ceremony for Delaware State Police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Cpl. Stephen Ballard's name was the last to be called on a roster of 24 troopers who were honored. As others before her did when the name of each officer was called, Ballard's widow, Louise, laid a single rose at a granite memorial.

Gov. John Carney, Attorney General Matt Denn, state police superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen and Safety and Homeland Security Robert Coupe were among those who spoke at the somber ceremony.

The ceremony comes just two days before the funeral for Ballard, who was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a convenience store in Bear.

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