Deputy Sheriff Otto R. Ellinger

Deputy Sheriff Otto R. Ellinger

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, December 6, 1934

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Otto R. Ellinger

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, wounded her seriously. 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 suspect, 60, surrendered to police four days later. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

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


  • Age 52
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 913

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Guilty of manslaughter

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Ellinger.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 19, 2020

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