Karen Warren/ Houston Chronicle by means of AP
Authorities investigate the scene at a filling station where a constable’s deputy in uniform was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Houston. Harris County Sheriff’s Office representative Ryan Sullivan said the deputy was pumping gas into his car on Friday night when a man approached him from behind and fired numerous shots.
Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2015|10:15 p.m.
Updated Friday, Aug. 28, 2015|11:49 p.m.
HOUSTON– A constable’s deputy in uniform was shot and eliminated Friday night while filling up his police car at a rural Houston gasoline station, according to authorities.
Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his automobile when a man approached him from behind and fired several shots, Harris County Constable’s Workplace representative Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. As soon as the deputy was up to the ground, the suspect fired more shots.
Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the force.
Authorities described the suspect as a male with a dark skin tone, about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall, using a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a red or maroon pickup-style truck with an extended taxi. They said an extensive search for the suspect remained continuous Saturday morning.
Constable’s workplace spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland stated Goforth had taken a trip to the Chevron station where the shooting occurred, after earlier responding to a routine automobile mishap.
“He was pumping into his automobile and the male suspect turned up behind him and shot the deputy several times,” Gilliland informed the Houston Chronicle. “The deputy fell to ground. The suspect visited and shot the deputy again numerous times as he lay on the ground.”
He said Goforth passed away at the scene. Detectives were examining security cam 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 certainly be caught. And he will be brought before the bar … This is an extremely callous person.”
Harris County Constable’s deputies and homicide detectives joined officers from other firms, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Cops Department, in searching for the suspect.
“This is an extremely difficult minute today for the Harris County Sheriffs Office,” Gilliland stated. “Keep us in your prayers and in your ideas.”
“Bob Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Company, stated the occurrence was “shocking.”
“We’ve been alerted of things like this, since of public belief nationally and events over the last couple of years … It’s simply horrific. That’s the only method to describe it.”