Sheriff Lucas Leon Ellis

Sheriff Lucas Leon Ellis

Stewart County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, July 16, 1937

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Lucas Leon Ellis

Sheriff Ellis succumbed to a gunshot wound in the abdomen sustained 8 months earlier when he was shot while arresting a man on liquor charges at Crow's Hill. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Sheriff Ellis as he was being searched.

Sheriff Ellis was taken to a local hospital and later removed to a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, where he died on the operating table as doctors attempted to remove the bullet.

The suspect, 52, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and released after a $7,500 bond was posted. Two weeks after Sheriff Ellis died, bondsmen turned him over to the sheriff at Cadiz, Kentucky. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Sheriff Ellis was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, November 2, 1936
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 16, 2020

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