Police Officer Joseph Henry Ellis

Police Officer Joseph Henry Ellis

Wilson Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, August 9, 1927

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Joseph Henry Ellis

Officer Joseph Ellis was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance. The suspect opened fire through the home's door when Officer Ellis entered the yard, fatally wounding him.

The suspect, who personally knew Officer Ellis, fled the scene but was later apprehended. He was convicted of murder, sentenced to prison, and released after 15 years.

Officer Ellis was a veteran of WWI and had served with the Wilson Police Department for 6 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and 12 siblings.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released after 15 years

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Thank you for your service to both country and community. Officer Ellis is my husband's great uncle, he is also a Captain with the Wilson County Sheriff's department and God willing will be able to retire in a year and a half. Officer Ellis was taken way too soon.

Captain Ben Mercer
Wilson County Sheriff's Department

August 9, 2019

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