(Wilmington, DE 19804) On Thursday (Nov 15) at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Essex Ave in the community of Bellemoor for a check on the welfare.

Upon arrival, officers learned that 48-year-old Michael Ballard made statements that caused concern for his welfare and he further refused to answer his door.  Officers set up a perimeter and established phone contact with Michael Ballard.  The phone contact confirmed that Ballard was in the residence and may be in possession of a firearm.

A perimeter was established which subsequently shut down multiple intersections along Boxwood Ave and closed the Conrad School of Sciences.  A Reverse 911 message was sent out to neighboring residences advising occupants to remain inside their homes.

Shortly after 9:00 am this morning (Nov 16), Ballard surrendered peacefully to the officers and was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

During the examination of Ballard’s residence, evidence was discovered that a firearm had been discharged in the direction of neighboring houses.

Ballard has been charged with 2 counts of felony Reckless Endangering 1st, 2 counts of felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and 2 counts of felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited.

Arraignment and bail information were not available at the time of this release.

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Michael Ballard

Michael Ballard