From Lincoln City Police:
On July 17, 2017 at about 8:30PM Lincoln City Police received a call requesting assistance at the entrance to The Villages property at the end of NW Voyage Avenue in Lincoln City. The caller disconnected before 911 Dispatchers were able to obtain any further information.
Approximately 8 minutes later the first LCPD Officer, who is also a trained paramedic, arrived at the scene. The officer located a deceased male, lying on the ground, outside of a parked vehicle. At this time the investigation indicates there is no evidence of foul play involved.
Lincoln City Police and Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation.
The deceased person has been identified as Mr. Gary G. Ellingson, age 66, of Lincoln City. Mr. Ellingson has been a very respected and longtime resident of Lincoln City and had served in the past as a member of the City Council.
Mr. Ellingson’s family has been notified and has requested their privacy be respected at this time.
End of LCPD News Release
News Lincoln County heard over the police scanner that there had been a gun shot. Police are disputing that assertion. Nor have they indicated the exact circumstances of Mr. Ellingson’s death. We’re awaiting more information from police and the medical examiner.
Gary Ellingson had been in declining health. He will be remembered for his phenomenal smile, his tireless devotion to his family and community – including serving on the Lincoln City City Council a few years back. He always had an open heart and a lightning quick mind and a similar sense of humor. His smile could light up the beach from Roads End to Siletz Bay. And everyone who knew Gary will miss him dearly. Our condolences to his loving family.