Detective Ellery Bertram Purnsley

Detective Ellery Bertram Purnsley

Chester City 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 the 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 served with the Chester City Police Department 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

active shooter

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Det. Purnsley,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chester. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 6, 2023

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