Police Officer Daniel G. Ellis

Police Officer Daniel G. Ellis

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, February 3, 1971

Daniel G. Ellis

Officer Daniel Ellis was shot and killed near Mother Charleszetta Waddles Perpetual Mission at 3700 Gratiot while attempting to protect citizens from a mentally deranged person with a firearm.

Officer Ellis pushed his partner out of the line of fire moments beore the gunman shot, but withheld return fire for fear of striking a mother and child standing just behind the gunman. He was struck several times and died en route to the hospital.

The suspect was taken into custody a short time later. He had 14 previous convictions including one for manslaughter in 1956 for beating his wife to death. He was acquitted of Officer Ellis' slaying by reason of insanity.

Officer Ellis, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had served with the Detroit Police Department for 7 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 890
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Danny was my cousin!! Dont know if we ever met since I was 1 when he was killed in the line of duty. I served 22 years in the Detroit Police Department and retired a Captain In the precinct he worked. I often would privately honor him as his picture hung in the precinct. RIP sir

Captain Shawn Gargalino
Detroit Police

December 10, 2017

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