Corrections Officer Minnie R. Houston

Corrections Officer Minnie R. Houston

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1985

Minnie R. Houston

Corrections Officer Minnie Houston was stabbed to death while on duty.

She was supervising seven inmate trustees at the dining hall of the maximum security Ellis I Unit when she was attacked by an inmate with a 15-inch kitchen knife. She attempted to disarm the inmate but was stabbed eight times and killed.

The suspect was sentenced to death for Officer Houston's murder but died in prison in 2000.

Officer Houston prevented the escape of two death row inmates the previous year as they attempted to jump a prison fence.

Officer Houston had served with the agency for almost 6 years. She was survived by her three sons.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Died in prison

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Remembering you today Minnie. Learned of you during our Blue Courage training for the County of San Diego's Probation Department. You live on with those who carry the torch. Thank you for your service and dedication sister. May you rest in peace.

Rebecca Lopez-Correctional Officer
County of San Diego Probation

May 3, 2018

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