Correctional Officer Edward Carter

Correctional Officer Edward Carter

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 31, 1976

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Edward Carter

Correctional Officer Edward Carter was the picket officer (guard tower) at Retrieve Unit # 2 (Wayne Scott Unit today) near Angleton in Brazoria County.

Officer Carter lowered the outside picket door key in order to allow the relief officer access to the inside ladder entry to the picket. The relief officer opened the outside door and climbed the inside ladder and entered through the trap door in the floor of the picket. The relief officer did not close the trap door. Carter was on the cat-walk outside the picket. He pulled up the rope with the picket door key on it and walked back inside the picket. He did not see the open trap door and fell approximately 20 feet to a concrete landing below. He sustained serious injuries and was unconscious. He was taken to a hospital in Angleton and then to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. He remained in a state of unconsciousness and died from his injuries on May 31, 1976.

Officer Carter is buried in the Thomaston Cemetery in Selma, Alabama.

Officer Carter served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for nine years. He was retired from the US Army. He was survived by his wife, mother, sister, and brother.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 29, 1976

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Rest in Peace Officer Edward Carter. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 4, 2016

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