Harris County Precinct 5 deputy dies from COVID-19 after ‘courageous battle,’ officials say

Precinct 5 Deputy Mark Brown
Precinct 5 Deputy Mark Brown (Harris County Precinct 5)

A deputy with Harris County Constable Precinct 5 died Saturday after contracting COVID-19, the department announced.

Precinct 5 Deputy Mark Brown, 53, “passed away last night after a courageous battle against COVID-19,” officials wrote in an statement. 

Brown was a 23-year veteran of law enforcement. He began his career with the Hempstead Police Department and went on to serve as a Spring Branch ISD police officer for 18 years. Brown joined Precinct 5 in March 2017, serving as a patrol deputy in the department’s Central District. He became a uniformed investigative Deputy in the department’s Special Operations Division in 2019, officials said.

“Mark Brown represented the very best of Precinct 5,” said Constable Heap. “Whether he was on patrol or investigating an unsolved case, he was a dedicated and hard-working deputy who sought only to protect our residents and see that justice was served.”

Brown was a Houston native and graduated from Spring Woods High School in 1985, officials said. 

Brown is survived by his wife, Michelle, and their four children

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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