Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
Around 3:00 a.m. Deputy Ellison was on duty when he went to his trailer home to check on his two teenage sons. Gilbert Martinez had been hiding beneath the trailer waiting for the deputy. Martinez shot Deputy Ellison as he stepped from his patrol car. The suspect fired one more round into Deputy Ellison as he laid on the ground. Martinez entered the trailer and then left and fired a third round into the deputy. Ellison’s two teenage sons witnessed the final shot.
Martinez then fled the scene and his body was discovered 12 hours later. His death was ruled a suicide. Martinez had been complaining about Ellison to the sheriff and a county commissioner prior to the shooting.
Deputy Ellison is survived by his wife and five children. He was buried in the Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery. He had been a Big Spring police officer for several years before joining the sheriff’s office a year earlier.