Captain Schuyler C. Houston

Captain Schuyler C. Houston

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, October 4, 1927

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Schuyler C. Houston

Sergeant Houston succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 6 years earlier when he, Captain Harry Phoenix, and another officer questioned two suspicious men on Piedras Street near Alameda Avenue at 11:20 am.

When the officers attempted to arrest the men, a gun battle ensued. Captain Phoenix was shot in the head and killed instantly.

Sergeant Houston also sustained serious gunshot wounds in the shootout. Despite serious wounds and frequent trips to the hospital, Sergeant Houston remained with the police department and was promoted to Captain. He eventually succumbed to the wounds on October 4, 1927.

The two suspects fled to Mexico and were never apprehended.

Captain Houston was a United States Army veteran who had served with the El Paso Police Department for 10 years and previously served with the Lawton Police Department in Oklahoma. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, and mother.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, June 13, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

suspicious person

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The Big Bend Area Law Enforcement Officers Association will be honoring Captain Houston at our annual Memorial Ceremony on May 31st, 2023, at 10am, on the campus of Sul Ross State University located in Alpine, Texas. The Memorial Ceremony this year will be hosted by the Texas Department of Public Safety - West Texas
Region and will include Honor Guards from El Paso P.D., El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, United States Border Patrol, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Midland Police Department, Odessa
Police Department, United States Border Patrol Pipe and Drum Corp, the Midland County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety Rifle Squad.

Past President, Ed Krevit
Big Bend Area Law Enforcement Officers Association

April 12, 2023

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