Today in 1944, Lieutenant Keith Ellsworth of the Charleston Police Department was shot and killed at 4:15 am when he and other officers were attempting to round up and undetermined number of robbers who tried to force open the safe at the Almeida automobile repair shop at 369 Meeting Street.
Lieutenant Ellsworth was shot in the chest and was found lying on the ground on the north side of the building. He was pronounced dead when taken to Roper Hospital.
Keith Ellsworth‘s name has been engraved on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial on the Statehouse Grounds in Columbia and on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, located on panel “4, E -11”. A plaque bearing his name is displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.