This page is dedicated to the Fallen Officers of Ellis County, from the foundation of our county to each of our towns. Each month we will highlight the officers from our area and tell their stories with honor. We encourage communications if you have stories or comments about these officers.
Deputy Sheriff Jess Claude White
Ellis County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch Saturday, January 8, 1944
Deputy White was shot and killed by an escaped convict he had arrested at 10:30 p.m. He searched the suspect but failed to find a concealed revolver.
As he drove the man to jail the suspect produced the weapon and opened fire, wounding Deputy White and causing him to lose control of his car. The vehicle overturned and both men received additional injuries. Deputy White was taken to the Waxahachie Sanitarium where he succumbed to his wounds.
The suspect was taken into custody and executed in the electric chair on December 19, 1944.
Deputy White was survived by his wife and two sons.
Detention Officer Julio Cesar Martinez
Ellis County Sheriff's Offic
End of Watch Sunday, January 31, 2021
Detention Officer Julio Martinez died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 300 S. Jackson Street in Waxahachie.
Officer Martinez had served with the Ellis County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.