Police Officer Daniel Ellis
Richmond Police Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Friday, November 6, 2015
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 4, 2015
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Chief Larry R. Brock
Richmond Police Department
1721 Lexington Road
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 623-1162
Police 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 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 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 two children.
Richmond, KY. (WHAS 11)–Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis has died.
Dozens of officer Daniel Ellis’ comrades are escorting his body to Frankfort on Nov.6 where an autopsy is scheduled.
He died just before 2 a.m. at University of Kentucky hospital.
Officer Ellis leaves behind his wife and one child, a son named Luke.
Neighbors at the apartment complex where Ellis was shot say he was well respected in the community. They say the seven year veteran of the Richmond Police Department often responded to calls in the area. Neighbors spoke fondly of Ellis as they told WHAS11 how he would stop by to play with neighborhood children during his shift.
Ellis was shot during an attempted armed robbery investigation on Wednesday.
Raleigh Sizemore and Gregory Ratliff have been arrested and booked into the Madison County Detention Center for their involvement.
Sizemore is charged with murder of a police officer while Ratliff faces complicity in the crime.
According to an arrest citation, Sizemore told Ratliff he would shoot the officers if they stepped into the apartment.
But Ratliff never warned officers that Sizemore was waiting in a bedroom with the gun in hand.
Ellis was then shot in the head by Sizmore, police said.
The Richmond Police Department said they are extremely grateful for the prayers and support for Officer Ellis, his family, and his fellow officers. Funeral arrangements will be planned in the coming days.
On Nov. 6, flags were at half staff outside of the Richmond Police Department. Officer Ellis’s patrol car was also covered with balloons and heartfelt messages.
Ellis graduated from Taylor County High School with many relatives and friends in Adair and Taylor counties, as well as the Richmond area. Friends said they are devastated by the loss.