Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Neil Ellis

Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Neil Ellis

Richmond Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, November 6, 2015

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Daniel Neil Ellis

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. The shooter agreed to a plea deal and will spend life in prison without parole. A second accomplice plead guilty and will spend at least 30 years in prison.

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

In May 2016, US Route 25-Main Street was renamed Officer Daniel Ellis Memorial Highway.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 457

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Life without parole

arrest attempt

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My son and I heard Hannah's song,"Officer Down" the other day as we traveled just past I-75 in Atlanta. I looked up the story behind it and saw that tomorrow is the anniversary of Officer Daniel's end of watch. There are no words that can help, not one thing comforting that I can say, but know I am so thankful for our officers everywhere. Your family will be in my prayers, and I ask for prayer in return as now my nephews are serving in the first responder force: one as a firefighter and the other as an officer. May God bless you for your sacrifice.

D. Abreu
Hiram, GA

November 5, 2021

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