Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Don Ellison

Deputy Sheriff Jimmie Don Ellison

Howard County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, March 10, 1971

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Jimmie Don Ellison

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.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender suicide

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I first met tiny Ellison when I was in high school. I met him when he was a city police officer in Big Spring.We talked a little and told him I wanted to be in law enforcement whe I got out of high school. He said it was a good honest job and wished me luck.
The next time I saw him I was a city police officer in Big Spring and he was a deputy.
ON March 3, 1971 I was on patrol and decided I would relieve the dispatcher so she could have a bite to eat. I received a radio call from a deputy asking me to call sheriff Standard that tiny Ellison was dead. He has been missed and will be for a long time RIP

roger hammack retired constable
coryell county

December 28, 2015

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