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Nice guy finishes first

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texans lined up Thursday night to meet America's new Top Shot.

Dustin Ellermann, 28, of Zavalla beat fifteen elite marksmen to take the grand prize of $100,000 on the History Channel Show, "Top Shot."

This East Texas gunman surprised viewers when he appeared on the History Channel's, "Top Shot."

Surrounded by competitive shooters and contestants with military backgrounds, this Christian camp counselor could not help but stand out.

"I was rooting for him from the beginning, but I didn't know if he was going to win just because there's all these other guys who are experienced shooters and stuff like that," says Top Shot fan, Kayne Parrish.

Ellermann immediately built up a huge fan base.

"It did seem like I became a fan favorite. I guess childlike personality and faith, but I guess it was just a byproduct. I didn't go to be on TV, I didn't go to have exposure or anything like that. I was just going to shoot some cool stuff," Ellermann says.

It was not just his skills that earned him extra attention.

"Right from the start, he was really even-tempered he wasn't cocky like a lot of other contestants. He just kind of went for it and shot and just kind of did his thing," says Top Shot fan, Derek Davis.

Ellermann went from self-taught gunman to Top Shot champion in just six weeks, but his $100,000 prize may not last as long as his reputation.

"Me and my wife have a small house about 1,000 sq ft, but we do foster care and we have three kids of our own and one of them is adopted too, so we're getting a little crammed," he says.

Ellermann will use the money to help pay for his camp and possibly to buy his expanding family (his wife is expecting) a larger home.

But for now, fans cannot get enough of this humble hero.

"Oh, it was amazing being able to come over here and get to see him in person and get a picture with him and just to meet him. It was very uplifting," Parrish says.

An example of a nice guy who finished first.

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