Deputy Sheriff Houston Mitchell

Deputy Sheriff Houston Mitchell

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, July 11, 1904

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Houston Mitchell

Deputy Sheriff Houston Mitchell and Deputy Sheriff Thomas McDermott were shot and killed while attempting to stop illegal gambling in Shelby County and Memphis.

They were raiding a club at 42 DeSoto Avenue when both deputies were shot and killed.

Deputy McDermott succumbed to his wounds the following day.

More than 40 suspects were arrested during the raid. Five were charged with murder. Only one was tried for murder and he was acquitted.

Deputy Mitchell had served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for five years.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted

gambling, Raid

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Your killers may have never faced justice here on earth but they surely faced a higher justice at a later time. Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 11, 2020

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