HOUSTON (KTRK/KPRC/CNN/ RNN) – A suspect has actually been detained and accuseded of capital murder in the execution-style killing of a Texas deputy in the Houston metro area.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman identified the suspect as Shannon J. Miles.
Hickman said Miles had a criminal history, consisting of disorderly conduct with a gun, resisting arrest and trespassing, but had no previous interaction with the victim, Darren Goforth.
The arrest came simply more than an hour after Hickman had actually made a plea to the general public to come forward with info and assist in finding the person responsible.
Goforth, 47, was recognized as the victim. He was a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace and a married father of two.
Hickman said the suspect had been in police custody because last night, despite earlier informing reporters nobody was in custody. He also refuted claims that Miles’ mom had turned him in, and said Miles was found through normal cops work such as pulling license plates.
When asked why he had actually asked for the public’s assistance in finding the suspect, Hickman said it was to “ensure we left no stone unturned.”
Goforth was shot from behind as he was filling his police car in an execution-style killing. The event was captured on monitoring video.
“A witness called 911 to let us understand among our deputies had actually been shot, numerous units showed up, EMS arrived on scene. Sadly the deputy passed,” stated Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Hickman stated deputies do not yet know an intention for the killing.
“At this minute our presumption is he was a target because of the uniform,” Hickman stated.
Authorities said the uniformed deputy was refueling his police car Friday evening when a male, caught on security camera, showed up behind the deputy and opened fire. The deputy was up to the ground, then the gunman continued to dominate him and shoot numerous times.
The suspect then ran away the scene in a red or maroon Ford Ranger pickup truck, which was likewise captured on surveillance video.
“How unusual is this? It’s a very bizarre incident. It’s tough enough being a deputy and remaining in law enforcement in this nation today, but for individuals the way that they are right now. I have no words for exactly what this kind of person did,” Gilliland said.
Hickman said the weapon was recovered, and ballistics tests suggested it was a match.
“It offers us some peace knowing this topic is no longer at large,” Hickman stated.
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