A 30-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the ambush of a sheriff’s deputy while he was filling his patrol car with gas at a station in suburban Houston.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman identified the man as Shannon J. Miles, who is in police custody.
Hickman says Miles had a previous record including charges of resisting arrest and trespassing.
Authorities said they are not sure of the motive in what Hickman has described as a “cold-blooded assassination” of Deputy Darren Goforth.
Gov. Greg Abbott says “heinous and deliberate crimes against law enforcement will not be tolerated in the State of Texas.”
Abbott released a statement Saturday afternoon in response to the death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth at a suburban Houston gas station.
Goforth was in his uniform when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots Friday night as the deputy filled up his patrol car. No arrests have been made.
The governor says, “Texas reveres the men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve their communities.”
He added that he knows local law enforcement “will work tirelessly to apprehend the killer and ensure justice for Deputy Goforth is served.”
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says authorities will “follow the evidence to the logical and legal conclusion” in the fatal shooting of one of the office’s deputies.
Hickman also said that the “dangerous rhetoric” against law enforcement has “gotten out of control.”
He also said the house that is being searched near the gas station where Deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed and shot Friday night is connected through the truck. Officials were looking for a red or maroon pickup truck.
Hickman said it is “all speculation” regarding a motive.
He also said, “We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter, too.”
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says that authorities are still looking for the suspect in the fatal shooting of a deputy at a gas station.
Hickman said at a Saturday afternoon news conference that surveillance video showed there were people at the gas station in suburban Houston about 8:30 p.m. Friday when Deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed by a man and shot several times. He asked that they reach out to the sheriff’s office with any information.
District Attorney Devon Anderson had strong words at the news conference, saying it is “time for the silent majority in the country to support law enforcement” and that there should not be “open warfare on law enforcement officers.”
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities say the man they are speaking with in connection with the fatal shooting of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy is a person of interest.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said no one has been charged. A news conference is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Gilliland also said authorities are searching a home that’s about a quarter-mile away from the suburban Houston gas station where Deputy Darren Goforth was shot and killed on Friday night.
Authorities are searching a home in connection with the fatal shooting of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy at a gas station about a quarter-mile away.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland says that the person authorities are speaking with about the shooting lives at that home. He also said they have obtained a search warrant and have been looking inside the home.
Nine patrol cars, including one that has the words “crime scene unit” on the side of the vehicle, are parked near the two-story brick home.
No arrests have been made in the death of Deputy Darren Goforth, who was ambushed and shot several times at a gas station in suburban Houston at about 8:30 p.m. Friday.
An impromptu memorial of balloons, flowers, candles and notes has begun at the gas pump where Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth was shot and killed.
The Chevron gas station is in Copperfield, a middle-class to upper middle-class unincorporated area of the county. It is open for business, though the pump where Goforth was shot about 8:30 p.m. Friday is closed.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland says police are speaking with someone who has information about the shooting but he is not under arrest, nor is he a suspect or a person of interest.
Brian McCullar says he got to know Goforth during the deputy’s patrols in the neighborhood and says he was “passionate about what he did.”
The 49-year-old says Goforth’s death is a “huge loss for this area.”
HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in uniform was fatally shot multiple times from behind while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station and a manhunt for the suspect continued Saturday morning, according to authorities.
Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots.
Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, and stands about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a red or maroon pickup-style truck with an extended cab. Police said an intensive search for the suspect was ongoing Saturday morning.
No motive was determined for the shooting. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Goforth, who was a 10-year veteran of the force, had a wife and two children.
“In my 45 years in law enforcement, I can’t recall another incident so cold-blooded and cowardly,” Hickman said.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said Goforth had traveled to the Chevron station where the shooting happened, after earlier responding to a routine car accident.
“He was pumping gas into his vehicle and the male suspect came up behind him and shot the deputy multiple times,” Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle. “The deputy fell to ground. The suspect came over and shot the deputy again multiple times as he lay on the ground.”
He said Goforth died at the scene. Detectives were checking security camera video for possible clues.
“We are actively searching for suspect right now,” Gilliland said. “I can tell you with diligence and justice the suspect will be caught. And he will be brought to justice … This is a very callous individual.”
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies and homicide investigators joined officers from other agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department, in searching for the suspect.
“This is a very tough moment right now for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office,” Gilliland said. “Keep us in your prayers and in your thoughts.”
Bob Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, said the incident was “shocking.”
“We’ve been warned of things like this, because of public sentiment nationally and events over the last few years … It’s just horrific. That’s the only way to describe it.”