When Shannon Miles had the Texas deputy shot, it was described as an unprovoked “execution-style killing” by Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. Later during the manhunt, Hickman linked the Texas shooting to the Black Lives Matter movement and said that all lives matter, including those of police officers. Now, some reports are linking Danny Goforth’s alleged killer to the death of Sandra Bland.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the description of how Shannon Miles allegedly had the Texas deputy shot was heartbreaking according to witnesses.
“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,” a woman named Mackensize said. “She was laying on top him. She was saying that was her best friend and that he had two kids.”
Texas deputy Darren Goforth was said to have been pumping gas when Miles allegedly walked up 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 said. “The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground.”
The Texas shooting suspect then fled the gas station in his red Ford Ranger. Police tips eventually led to the arrest of Shannon Miles.
After the shooting, Hickman tied the attack to the Black Lives Matter movement, and it was noted by the Harris County Deputies Organization that protesters at a recent demonstration in Waller County were yelling “shoot the pig.”
“So any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point that calculated, cold-blooded, assassination of police officers happen, this rhetoric has gotten out of control,” Hickman said. “”We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter, well cops lives matter too, so why don’t we just drop the qualifiers and just say lives matter and take that to the bank.”
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As an example of this rhetoric, the Daily Caller says the Black Lives Matter movement was shouting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” just hours after Shannon Miles allegedly had the Texas deputy shot. They also carried signs that read “End White Supremacy.”
But the Black Lives Matter movement claims it had nothing to do with the Texas shooting.
“I grieve for the victims of violence. It is unfortunate that Sheriff Hickman has chosen to politicize this tragedy and to attribute the officer’s death to a movement that seeks to end violence,” said Deray McKesson, a local leader of the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to ABC, Danny Deputy’s wife, Kathleen, also released a statement.
“There are no words for this. All the language that I know is inadequate for what I want to express but for Darren I will try. I can’t describe him with clichs and platitudes — I need to do better than that. He deserves better than that.
My husband was an incredibly, intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal… fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass. I admired this quality, perhaps the most. For that’s what made Darren good and he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was… this is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague and a neighbor.
However, it is I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend.”
So far, authorities have not officially announced a motive for why Shannon Miles allegedly had the Texas deputy shot. According to Breitbart, Miles attended some of the same colleges attended by Sandra Bland, who was arrested following a traffic and then committed suicide. Bland has become a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, and Breitbart describes protests where a “self-proclaimed militant black woman said that all white people should be killed” and members of the New Black Panther Party chanted, “The Revolution has begun, off the pigs.”
Authorities are still investigating Shannon Miles’ motive. It has been noted that Miles has no personal connection to Texas Deputy Danny Goforth. Police have recovered a gun they believe to be the murder weapon. Miles’ criminal history includes trespassing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and evading detention. Miles now face capital murder charges.
[Image via Facebook / Harris County Sheriff’s office]