A 30-year-old man identified as Shannon J. Miles has been charged with capital murder in the ambush of a sheriff’s deputy while he was filling his patrol car at a suburban Houston, Texas gas station on Friday night.
Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots
After Goforth fell to the ground, the suspect stood over him and fired several more times.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said, “It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer.”
Hickman says Miles had a previous record including charges of resisting arrest and trespassing.
Hickman linked the ambush to tensions across the nation over the killings of black men by police that spawned the “Black Lives Matter” protest movement.
“Our system of justice absolutely requires a law enforcement presence to protect our community,” a clearly angry Hickman said at a news conference earlier on Saturday. “So at any point when the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated cold-blooded assassination of police officers happens, this rhetoric has gotten out of control.
“We’ve heard Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So why don’t we drop the qualifier and say lives matter.”
Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the force, had a wife and two children, Hickman said.
As for a motive, Hickman said that until anything is known with “certainty … it’s all speculation” but later suggested that Goforth was targeted because he was in law enforcement.