After Texas deputy’s death, a reminder of the increased anxiety felt by law …

1 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ambushed Texas cop was shot 15 times in head and back.

The sheriff’s deputy who was killed “execution style” at a suburban Houston gas station Friday was shot 15 times at close range and left to die “face-down in a pool of his own blood,” a prosecutor said in court Monday. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson accused Miles of firing 15 rounds into Darren Goforth’s back and head at a Chevron station in Cypress, Tex., on Friday night, in what police have called “an unprovoked, execution-style killing of a police officer.” “The gun holds 14 in its magazine and one in its chamber,” Anderson said. “Fifteen shell casings; you can do the math. He unloaded the entire pistol into Deputy Goforth.” Goforth had just filled up his patrol car and walked inside the gas station when a witness saw a man sitting in a red Ford Ranger pickup truck parked outside, Anderson told the judge, according to KPRC-TV.

Surveillance video showed the man jump from the truck and run up behind Goforth as he exited the store, holding a handgun to the back of his head and pulling the trigger. No motive was discussed in court, but according to the Associated Press, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman has said that “our assumption is that [Goforth] was a target because he wore a uniform.” Investigators traced the truck to a Houston-area home and saw a vehicle matching its description parked in the driveway. This is a horrific incident.” Miles’ criminal record begins in 2005, when he was convicted of criminal mischief, giving false information to police and resisting arrest, according to records. The killing evoked strong emotions in the area’s law enforcement community, with Hickman linking it to heightened tension over the treatment of African-Americans by police. Over the weekend, she told NBC News that her son was shopping with her at the time of the shooting; she told KPRC-TV that he was at home when it happened. “My son ain’t killed no cop,” she told the station. “The shooter in this case didn’t see black, he didn’t see white; he saw blue,” KPRC-TV legal analyst Brian Wice said. “That’s what this case is about.

In another year, the DA’s office is going to ask 12 Harris County citizens to probably ask this defendant to pay with his life for this execution.” Miles has had multiple misdemeanor convictions over the years. The nationwide “Black Lives Matter” movement that formed last year after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sought sweeping reforms of policing. Related protests erupted in Texas recently after a 28-year-old Sandra Bland, a black woman, was found dead in a county jail about 50 miles northwest of Houston three days after she was arrested on traffic violation. Well, cops’ lives matter, too,” said Hickman, the sheriff. “So why don’t we just drop the qualifier and just say ‘lives matter,’ and take that to the bank.” Two police officers in East Texas gained national attention this month while trying to make that statement.

The men — one black and one white — posted a photo online showing a message “His life matters” inked on their hands with arrows pointing to each other. Following Friday’s shooting, the gas pump near where Goforth was killed became a makeshift memorial packed with flower bouquets, balloons and American flags to honor the fallen officer.

More than 1,000 people attended a vigil there Sunday night. “I couldn’t do nothing,” Christine Bossi, who led a roadside collection effort, told the newspaper. “We need to be a community.

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