Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Neil Ellis

Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Neil Ellis

Richmond Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, November 6, 2015

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.

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


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 457

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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I hope those who where involved in
the horrible killing of Officer Ellis were held to the full extent of the law. What a heart breaking story and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. As a child my father was an MPO, many years later he went on to special operations in Lorton, Va. I will always have admiration for my father, as well as, those who choose to protect and serve. I pray the Lord wraps his loving arms around Officer Ellis’s surviving children and wife.

Candie Carter
Daughter,granddaughter&daughter in law of lawenforcement

September 13, 2018

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