Institute of Urban Policy
Institute of Urban Policy

Databases of Deaths in Custody and Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents

The Texas Justice Initiative is an interactive database with information on the more than 7,000 deaths that reportedly occurred in Texas custody from 2005 through 2016, including deaths in police encounters, jails, and prisons. Interact with the information at www.TexasJusticeInitiative.org.

The project seeks to build narratives around who is dying in Texas’ criminal justice system, bring attention to the lives that have been lost, and provide a foundation for research toward solutions that will save lives. The Texas Justice Initiative is made possible through generous funding and support from The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at The University of Texas at Austin, the France-Merrick Foundation and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law.


The data compiled in the Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents spreadsheet tracks the reports of officer-involved shootings submitted to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The data in the pink columns was compiled from reports posted on the OAG’s website, as required by Articles 2.139 and 2.1395 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. The data in the peach columns reflects information gathered from online news searches. And the data in the green column was taken from the summary field of the OAG’s custodial deaths database, which was obtained by a public information request.

Each entry in the spreadsheet represents a separate incident. Where multiple reports were filed with respect to a single incident (usually where multiple officers shot the injured or deceased), those reports were combined into a single entry.

This spreadsheet will be updated regularly, as more reports become available on the OAG’s website. We appreciate any comments on how to improve the spreadsheet. Please direct any feedback or suggestions to Amanda Woog at amanda.woog@austin.utexas.edu.

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