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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Officer Elston Howard will not ever be forgotten. It is important for those who continue to carry the torch to protect our society know and understand that the life of Elston Howard (and all the men and women in law enforcement and the justice system who paid the ultimate sacrifice) have a profound importance on policing and the criminal justice system. God bless your family and continue to make Officer Elston Howard proud until you see him again.

Va'Shawnda McLean - Sergeant
Houston Police Department - Class 203

August 1, 2018

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