During a Texas shooting, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says deputy Darren Goforth died after being shot during an “an unprovoked, execution-style killing of a police officer.” Texas police have arrested a suspect who is “believed to be the alleged gunman,” but based upon surveillance video footage from the gas station, it appears the suspect is a young black man driving a red Ford Ranger truck.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a North Carolina police officer who shot an unarmed car crash survivor was declared not guilty by the jury.
Deputy Darren Goforth is said to have been pumping gas at a Houston gas station when the male suspect approached him from behind and fired several shots.
“A male suspect came up behind the deputy and shot the deputy multiple times. The deputy then fell to the ground,” Deputy Thomas Gilliland told reporters. “The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground.”
According to ABC, a witness named Mackenzie says she saw the aftermath of the Texas shooting.
“We were driving on West Road and we heard the shots, and when I turned and looked, the lady was screaming over top of him. So we busted a U-turn into the parking lot and that’s when we saw what had happened,” she said. “She was laying on top him. She was saying that was her best friend and that he had two kids.”
In response to the shooting, Sheriff Ron Hickman vowed to hunt the suspect down.
“It strikes us all at the heart of public service. He was literally gunned down in what appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing,” he said, according to WMUR. “I’ve been in law enforcement 45 years. I don’t recall another incident this cold blooded and cowardly.”
The unnamed black suspect was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts at the time of the Texas shooting. He is believed to about five-feet, 11 inches tall, and was wearing a short haircut, possibly a fade cut.
The suspect fled the scene in his red pickup truck, which is believed to be a Ford Ranger. A tip led police to a home on Crystal Lake in Copperfield, where the red pickup truck was parked in the home’s driveway.
The person of interested was taken into custody, but the man’s mother says her son was not involved in the Texas shooting.
“My son is innocent,” she said. “I was in the house with him, so when that happened, my son was home.”
According to the Associated Press, police spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said the “person is not under arrest, nor is he a suspect or person of interest.” The manhunt for the suspect in the Texas shooting is still ongoing as of this publishing.
The Harris County Sheriff’s office has asked that anyone with information related to the suspect should immediately contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-755-8787.
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