A suspect was arraigned today in a Houston courtroom. Shannon J. Miles, 30, is believed to have been the animal who ambushed Deputy Darren Goforth at a Northwest Houston gas station as he was fueling his police cruiser. New details revealed as Miles appeared before State District Judge Denise Collins demonstrate the utterly barbaric nature of this crime.
According to the prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, Miles emptied his entire weapon into Deputy Goforth, who was found face down in a pool of his own blood. A total of 15 rounds were fired into the Harris County Sheriff’s deputy. Goforth was shot from behind in the head. After he fell, the suspect continued to fire into him, emptying his entire weapon.
An all night manhunt ensued after Goforth’s assassination with a tip leading police to a home in a Copperfield neighborhood, just one block from where the ambush and assassination of Deputy Goforth took place. Police recovered a .40 caliber weapon which ballistics testing showed matched the gun used to murder Deputy Goforth.
Miles, who was positively identified in a line-up by a witness, has been charged with capital murder. In his appearance before the judge, Miles wore a yellow jail uniform. This is typically used for high profile cases.
D.A. Anderson said that she would be trying this case personally. Anderson added that the motive for the execution-style murder of Deputy Goforth was because he was a police officer. Miles is being held without bond.
Following Deputy Goforth’s murder, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman addressed the anti-cop rhetoric which has been on the rise throughout the country. Sheriff Hickman said, “When rhetoric ramps up to the point where cold-blooded assassination has happened, this rhetoric has gotten out of control. We heard ‘black lives matter.’ All lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter too, so why don’t we drop the qualifier and say ‘lives matter’ and take that to the bank.”
Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children, a five-year old boy and 12-year old girl. A fund has been set up to raise money for the family at gofundme. In two days, the fund has raised over $100,000.
Flags are flying at half-staff in Texas on the order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Deputy Goforth’s funeral will be held on Friday at Second Baptist Church.