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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I had a few occasions when I worked with Elston Howard and found him to be a man of integrity and honor. He always wore a smile when conversing and was very good at what he did. Principally, he worked narcotics and was on loan to the Vice Division at the time of his death. I was proud to have known him.

Sr. P.O. Roland T. Johnson

December 22, 2018

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