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Harris County Sheriff's Office

Police Identify Suspect In 'Unprovoked' Attack On Texas Deputy

Authorities have arrested a suspect in the Friday killing of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren H. Goforth.

By Evan Thomas | August 29, 2015

Thirty-year-old Shannon J. Miles has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Texas police officer Friday night.

Miles is accused of shooting Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth in what police officials are calling “an unprovoked execution-style killing.” Goforth was filling his patrol car with gas at the time.

According to police reports, the shooter opened fire with no warning, and fired several more shots when Goforth had fallen to the ground. (Video via KTRK)

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Goforth was on duty at the time. Police have not yet said what the motive for the attack was. 

At a news conference Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Goforth was only a “target because of his uniform.

"We've heard black lives matter — all lives matter. Well, cops' lives matter, too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier and say lives matter,” Goforth said.

Miles has several criminal charges in his past, including disorderly conduct with a firearm and resisting arrest.

This video includes images from the Harris County Sheriff's Department.

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