At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced that Shannon J. Miles, 30, a person who had been in custody since early Saturday morning, was arrested and charged with capital murder.
Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was killed in cold blood at a northwest Harris County gas station. He had left an accident scene at around 8:30pm, then went to a gas station on Telge and West Road. As he was pumping gas, detectives say Miles approached him from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. Once he fell to the ground, authorities say Miles fired more shots. Deputy Goforth was pronounced dead on the scene.
Many gathered at the gas station where the deputy was murdered for a prayer vigil.
“I am proud of the men and women that have worked swiftly to apprehend the responsible person who posed a significant threat to both law enforcement and the community at large,” Hickman said. “Our deputies return to the streets tonight to hold a delicate peace that was shattered last evening.”
Hickman said the motive for the killing had not been determined but investigators would look at whether Miles, who is black, was motivated by anger over recent killings elsewhere of black men by police that have spawned the “Black Lives Matter” protest movement. Officials say Deputy Goforth had no previous interaction with Miles.
“I think that’s something that we have to keep an eye on,” Hickman said. “The general climate of that kind of rhetoric can be influential on people to do things like this. We’re still searching to find out if that’s actually a motive.”
Earlier on Saturday, Hickman had called the killing a “cold-blooded assassination.”
“Cops’ lives matter, too,” Hickman said then. “So why don’t we drop the qualifier and say lives matter.”
The press conference to announce charges against Miles was the second of the afternoon. In the first, Hickman, along with other county officials, issued a plea to the public for anyone who knows anything about the fatal shooting of Deputy Goforth to come forward. Asked at the second press conference why he asked for the public’s help if he already had someone in custody, Hickman said he had to be sure.
“We always want to make sure we leave no stone unturned because people who were at the scene who we have not talked to yet may have more details to help solidify our case,” He said.
Miles has a criminal history that includes Resisting arrest, trespassing, evading detention and disorderly conduct with a firearm.
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