HOUSTON — 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.
Goforth was in his uniform pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, continuing to fire after the deputy had fallen to the ground.
Earlier Saturday, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland had said officials were questioning a person of interest and had a search warrant for a two-story brick home.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott said “heinous and deliberate crimes against law enforcement will not be tolerated in the State of Texas.”
“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 said.
He added that he knows local law enforcement “will work tirelessly to apprehend the killer and ensure justice for Deputy Goforth is served.”
Hickman said authorities will “follow the evidence to the logical and legal conclusion” in the fatal shooting of one of the office’s deputies.
He also said that the “dangerous rhetoric” against law enforcement has “gotten out of control.”
“We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter,” he said. “Well, cops’ lives matter, too.”