Detective Ellery Bertram Purnsley

Detective Ellery Bertram Purnsley

Chester Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, November 6, 1948

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Ellery Bertram Purnsley

Detective Ellery Purnsley was shot and killed as he responded to scene of the Market Street Massacre. He was approaching the building where the suspect was hiding after the man went on a shooting rampage.

Detective Purnsley had been with the agency for 31 years. He was survived by his daughter, Isabelle Abrams Green, and his granddaughter, Virginia B. Abrams.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Deceased

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Time will always allow us to learn of the greatness put fourth by others.. Det. Ellery B. Purnsley you chose to serve and protect and your family as in all of us will be for ever proud and honored by the ction you took that day many years ago ..

Thank you
William W Shepherd

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William W Shepherd
City Resident

February 14, 2015

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