Corrections Officer Minnie R. Houston

Corrections Officer Minnie R. Houston

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1985

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Minnie R. Houston

Corrections Officer Minnie Houston was stabbed to death at the Ellis I unit at 1697 FM 980 in Huntsville.

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 Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division 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

prisoner custody, correctional Facility

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Your name was traced from the law enforcement memorial in Washington DC, and placed on our table during a 2 day Blue Courage Training session. We spoke your name proudly and shared your story with other classmates. Your sacrifice was remembered and your legacy lives on.

Lieutenant EF Bader
Metropolitan Police Department Washington DC

August 17, 2023

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