|Murder-Suicide||Med For Depression||2001-10-24||Utah||Father Kills his Two Children & Himself|
Paragraph one reads: "A Salt Lake man authorities believe shot and killed his infant son and daughter before committing suicide Monday was on medications for anxiety and depression, the Tooele County Sheriff's Office said.
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
Suicide victim took medication, probe finds
Sheriff says he feared losing custody of 2 kids
By Pat Reavy
Deseret News staff writer
A Salt Lake man authorities believe shot and killed his infant son and
daughter before committing suicide Monday was on medications for anxiety and
depression, the Tooele County Sheriff's Office said.
The bodies of Scott Ellison, 41, Emma Rose Ellison, 20 months, and Seth
Thomas Ellison, 8 months, were found on a rural Tooele County road. Emma had
been shot outside the truck while Seth was still in his car seat. Scott was
found lying next to the truck with a 9mm pistol behind his right leg.
Ellison's family told Tooele County Sheriff's deputies he was depressed
Sunday. He separated from his wife and moved in with his parents about two
weeks ago, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
Ellison was afraid of losing custody of his children, the statement
said. His family told investigators Ellison had purchased a weapon in the
past couple of months and had mentioned to a friend that "it was another
option," according to the statement.
"You can infer out of that what you want," Sheriff Frank Scharmann told
the Deseret News, noting some friends may have thought it was for protection.
Investigators have not found anyone who said they had any indication
Ellison would take the action he did, Scharmann said.
Ellison's wife told deputies he visited the children regularly during
the separation. Monday he took the children alone for the first time.
Ellison and his wife were scheduled to begin counseling Tuesday,
Chris Russell, 28, lived across the street from the Ellison family. He
was shocked when he heard the news.
"I never noticed anything unusual over there. (Ellison) would sit out
in the yard watching the kids play, doing the usual father thing," he said.
"He'd take them on walks, they'd all play with the cat they have. Just normal
family stuff. They all looked happy."
Contributing: Laura Hancock and Norma Wagner.