Former Memphis firefighter indicted for murder outside Target store

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ronald Ellis has been indicted for the murder of  33-year-old Torhonda Cathy in a Target parking lot September 8th.

Saturday, Ellis was brought to the Shelby County Jail and booked on a charge of first-degree murder.

After the shooting, police say Ellis took off, eventually he was arrested in Georgia.

Witnesses said Ellis walked up to his ex-girlfriend’s car and shot her then chased her through the parking lot and kept shooting.

Ellis had been spotted by Florida Highway Patrol and was followed to Camden County, Georgia where spike strips were used to the stop his car September 11.

Ellis, who has been terminated by the Memphis Fire Department, has been arrested on at least two occasions for domestic violence and disciplined by the fire department.

According to the MFD, Ellis was sent to counseling for the domestic violence arrests, but WREG discovered he was also violent at work.

WREG met with Memphis Fire Department Director Alvin Benson after the arrest.

He confirmed that the fire department has investigated Ellis twice, most recently in January of this year after police arrested him for domestic violence.

The other investigation stemmed from a report that Ellis “shoved” a female co-worker in 2007.


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