Sheriff's deputy shot 'in cold blood' in Houston

2015-08-29 21:58
 Darren Goforth (AP)

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Houston - Authorities were searching on Saturday for the suspect in the death of a uniformed sheriff's deputy who was shot several times while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston fuel station, authorities said.

Police were speaking with a person who has information about on Friday's shooting, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Deputy Thomas Gilliland said, but that the person is not under arrest, nor is he a suspect or person of interest. No one has been charged and the intensive search for a suspect is ongoing, he said.

Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping fuel at about 20:30 on Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press.

Police described the suspect as a man believed to be between 20 and 25 years old. He was driving a pickup-style truck.

Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the force, had a wife and two children, according to Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman.

"In my 45 years in law enforcement, I can't recall another incident so cold-blooded and cowardly," Hickman said.

No motive was determined for the shooting, he said.

Goforth had travelled to the Chevron station after responding to a routine car accident, Gilliland said.

"He was pumping gas into his vehicle and the male suspect came up behind him and shot the deputy multiple times," Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle. "The deputy fell to ground. The suspect came over and shot the deputy again multiple times as he lay on the ground."

He said Goforth died at the scene.

Detectives were checking security camera video for possible clues.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies and homicide investigators joined officers from other agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department, in the search.

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