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Texas Deputy Slaying: Suspect Shannon Miles Charged in Killing of Darren Goforth

From NBC News
By Elizabeth Chuck  |  29 Aug 2015
Shannon Miles
Authorities have arrested a suspect in the “execution-style” shooting of a uniformed Texas sheriff’s deputy.

Shannon J. Miles, 30, of Houston, has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth, officials said Saturday afternoon.

Goforth, 47, was killed Friday night after exiting a Houston gas station convenience store. He was ambushed by a gunman who shot him from behind at around 8:20 p.m. local time (9:20 p.m. ET).

“We haven’t been able to extract any details regarding a motive at this point,” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters Saturday. He called Goforth’s death a “senseless and cowardly act.”

Miles was charged Saturday afternoon after being questioned as a person of interest by authorities. Police say they are not looking for additional suspects.

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“As far as we know, Deputy Goforth had no previous contact with the suspect, and it appears at the outset to be clearly unprovoked,” Hickman added.

Earlier Saturday, officials said a person of interest was taken in for questioning and was cooperating. Hickman said “Miles is the man that we have had all night.”
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