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Police Officer Joseph Henry Ellis | Wilson Police Department, North Carolina Wilson Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

Joseph Henry Ellis

Wilson Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 9, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Released after 15 years

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Officer Joseph Ellis was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance. The suspect opened fire through the home's door when Officer Ellis entered the yard, fatally wounding him.

The suspect, who personally knew Officer Ellis, fled the scene but was later apprehended. He was convicted of murder, sentenced to prison, and released after 15 years.

Officer Ellis was a veteran of WWI and had served with the Wilson Police Department for 6 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and 12 siblings.

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Officer Ellis,
On today, the 81st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served during WW I.


August 9, 2008


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