Officer Elston Morris Howard

Officer Elston Morris Howard

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, July 20, 1988

Elston Morris Howard

Officer Elston Howard was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery at an adult bookstore.

He was inside the bookstore writing citations for city ordinance violations to the manager when an armed subject entered the store with the intention of robbing it. When the man saw Officer Howard he shot him three times, killing him, and then robbed the store.

The man fled the store and then shot and wounded his accomplice when the man attempted to push him out of their car after learning Officer Howard had been shot.

The subject's accomplice was sentenced to 55 years in prison. The man who shot Officer Howard was sentenced to death.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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To the family, As I set in a training class in San Antonio, TX I learned a little about your loved one Officer Howard. We as police Chiefs would like to extend our graditude for his bravery and courage. We are honoring our fallen brothers and sisters today. On behalf of The July, 2017 Texas Police Chiefs Leadership Series please, accept our condolences. Officer Howard will not be forgotten.

Chief R. Price
Connally ISD PD

July 28, 2017

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