Officer Keith Edwin Houts

Officer Keith Edwin Houts

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, September 30, 2006

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Keith Edwin Houts

Officer Keith Houts succumbed to a gunshot wound inflicted two days earlier while making a traffic stop on North Decatur Street, just a few blocks from police headquarters, at 12:45 pm.

After shooting Officer Houts in the head, the killer shot him several times in the chest as he laid on the ground, but the shots were all stopped by his vest.

Officer Houts was transported to Jackson Hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his wounds.

The killer fled the area and was captured in McDonough, Georgia, by members of the United States Marshals Service. He was immediately extradited back to Montgomery and charged with capital murder. He was subsequently sentenced to death.

Officer Houts was a veteran of the War on Terrorism. He had served with the Montgomery Police Department for 2 years and is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1775

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 28, 2006
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I spoke with Keith the night before his assassination. I was busy finishing up end of the shift paperwork and Keith came in to say hi. Unfortunately, I was busy and didn't spend any time communicating with him and only responded with a "HI" back. He passed away on my birthday, September 30. I have lost several brothers and sisters in blue, but Keith's hit me kind of hard.

Neil McMahon, Captain
Montgomery Police Department

October 1, 2020

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