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Sergeant Willie B. Ellis | Fort Pierce Police Department, Florida Fort Pierce Police Department, Florida

Sergeant

Willie B. Ellis

Fort Pierce Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Sergeant Ellis was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance call. The male suspect opened fire on the officers, striking Sergeant Ellis five times and wounding the other officer twice. Sergeant Ellis' partner managed to return fire seriously wounding the suspect. It was later learned the suspect had escaped from MacClenney State Mental Hospital.

The suspect was convicted of Sergeant Ellis' murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison in 2003.

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Your name is forever engraved into my badge, and those of your new brothers and sisters. Everyday we patrol the streets of Fort Pierce, you protect and look over us. We carry your name and memory on our chest everyday. We have the watch still, and will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made for the people of our city. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Fort Pierce Police Department
January 9, 2017

 

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