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Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Neil Ellis | Richmond Police Department, Kentucky Richmond Police Department, Kentucky

Senior Patrol Officer

Daniel Neil Ellis

Richmond Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Friday, November 6, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 457

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/4/2015

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Ellis died two days after being shot while attempting to apprehend an armed robbery suspect at an apartment in the 500 block of Ballard Drive.

Multiple subjects had robbed a customer at a gas station earlier in the morning and a witness provided a vehicle description that led officers to the apartment. A male subject who answered the door denied that the robbery suspect was inside and then gave officers consent to search the apartment.

As Officer Ellis entered a back bedroom the robbery suspect, who was a parolee hiding inside, opened fire. Officer Ellis was struck in the head. His partner returned fire and wounded the subject.

Officer Ellis was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he died two days later from his wound.

Three people, including the shooter, were arrested and held in connection with the robbery and Officer Ellis' murder.

Officer Ellis had served with the Richmond Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and one child.

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I didn't know Officer Ellis nor had I ever met him but when I saw on the news the situation that was unfolding for some crazy reason it touched me so much and made me very sad and angry to see and hear the details of the crime. After he was taken to UK I was hoping and praying he would make it. Unfortunately God called him home. So now every time I see Mrs. Ellis and their son it breaks my heart. The tears start flowing. Daniel you are greatly missed and loved by many, you brought peace and light in this cold dark warm. May your light shine forever bright in heaven. Fly high
We will never forget you and one day your son will know who you were and that you died doing what you loved and that you are a hero.

Citizen Ida Marie Floyd
November 18, 2016


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