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Deputy Sheriff Otto R. Ellinger | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Otto R. Ellinger

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, December 6, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 913

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Guilty of manslaughter

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Deputy Sheriff Otto Ellinger was shot and killed by a man who had just shot a woman whom he was infatuated with.

Deputy Ellinger, who also served as a captain with the MGM Studio Police Department through a contract with the sheriff's department, was driving home from a meeting with other peace officers when he saw the woman and a friend near the intersection of Vinton Street and Venice Boulevard, in Culver City. He recognized the women as being employees of MGM Studios and pulled his car over to talk with them.

As they spoke the male subject approached the woman, pulled out a handgun, and shot her without warning. Deputy Ellinger exited his vehicle and started struggling with the subject, but was also shot. He was transported Culver City Community Hospital where he died a short time later.

The subject who shot Deputy Ellinger later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Deputy Ellinger had served with the MGM Police Department for five years.

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Deputy Sheriff Ellinger,
On today, the 82nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles County.


United States Border Patrol
December 6, 2016


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