A meth dealer who didn’t want to go back to prison has been accused of shooting a Kentucky cop and leaving him with life threatening injuries. That suspect is Raleigh Sizemore of Richmond, Kentucky. The shooting occurred at his friend Greg Ratliff’s home in the city. The wounded officer has been named as Officer Daniel Ellis of the Richmond Police Department. Two days after the attack, Officer Ellis was pronounced dead.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Sizemore Was Also Shot During the Shooting
Officer Ellis and his partner entered the home where he was shot while he was investigating the attempted robbery of a gas station customer in Richmond on the morning of November 4, reports WKYT. The station says that Ratliff allowed the cops into his home without telling him that Sizemore was present. Ratliff allegedly also said that there were no guns in the home. Sizemore was inside a bedroom of the apartment along with a woman named Rita Creech. When Ellis attempted to enter that room, police say Sizemore opened fire, hitting Ellis. The other cop returned fire and struck Sizemore.
WKYT reports that authorities believe that Sizemore attempted to rob a Gulf gas station customer at gunpoint. Responding officers to that scene were able to get a detailed description of Sizemore as well as surveillance video of him which led them Ratliff’s home. He told cops that Sizemore said Ratliff was “not to let them in or [Sizemore] would shoot them.” The suspect also talked about not wanting to go back to prison. A witness told WKYT that Officer Ellis had been shot in the head.
2. He Was Released From Prison in April 2015 Having Served Just Over 3 Years of a 10-Year Sentence for Operating a Meth Lab
In January 2012, Raleigh Sizemore and his father, also named Raleigh, were indicted on charges of possession and manufacturing meth, reported the Richmond Register. His mother, Linda Clark, was also arrested during that incident. The trio were busted when the house they were using as their meth lab went on fire. Records show that Sizemore received a 10 year prison sentence for that crime. He was released in April 2015 having been required to serve at least 20 percent of his sentence.
3. His Mother Died Less Than 1 Month Before the Shooting
According to his Facebook page, Sizemore is a native of McKee, Kentucky, but now lives in Berea. He also says on his page that he has a daughter named Lashay. His mother, Linda Clark, died on October 9. Her obituary noted how much she adored her granddaughter. Just after her death, Sizemore wrote on his Facebook page “I miss you so much my beautiful mother! Rest in peace.”
4. He Was Listed as ‘Absconded’ By the Parole Board Who Freed Him
Online records show that Sizemore is out on parole but had “absconded” at the time of the shooting. WKYT reports that for the shooting of Ellis, Sizemore is facing charges of attempted murder of a police officer. The station says that Ratliff has been charged with complicity to attempted murder of a police officer. But he told WKYT that he “wasn’t involved” in the shooting. He added “It was messed up, I don’t know. I just didn’t want nothing to do with it. I got the hell out of there before I could. Now I’m in here on charges I didn’t even do.”
5. Witnesses Say Officer Ellis Was Shot in the Head
Officer Daniel Ellis is a 7-year veteran of the Richmond police, he’s being treated at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, reports Lexington 18. In a statement, Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy said that Ellis injuries “sound very severe” and that the shooting was “tragic and unfortunate.” Another trooper, who was one of the dozens who assembled at the hospital to support Ellis said “It’s very quiet. A lot of hung heads. There’s a lot of crying. people are concerned, hoping for the best. It’s very nice to have all the support. I know Richmond PD are thankful and humbled by the support.” USA Today reports that Ellis is the 106th officer to die in the line of duty in 2015.