Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Shot to Death at Gas Station – ABC News

A sheriff’s deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday evening as he was filling his patrol car at a gas station in a suburban part of Houston.

The fallen officer has been identified as Darren Goforth, 47, who was a 10-year-veteran with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Goforth was pumping gas at a service station when a male suspect walked up from behind and shot the deputy multiple times, according to Deputy Thomas Gilliand of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy died on the scene. No motive is known for the shooting.

“The deputy then fell to ground,” Gilliand told reporters. “The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground.”

Gilliand added that the suspect fled in a red or maroon Ford Ranger truck.

The alleged shooter is described as a male with a dark complexion, about 5’ 10” to 6,’ wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts.

A search is underway for the suspect, according to Gilliand, who characterized the incident as bizarre.

“This is a very tough moment right now for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. I can ask you if you give us your prayers and your thoughts,” he said.

“We’re all mourning the deputy tonight,” said Devon Anderson, Harris County district attorney, told reporters. “We will be prepared to seek justice in this case if a suspect is caught.”
The sheriff’s office said that surveillance footage is being pulled from the gas station.

Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.

The Associated Press and ABC station KTRK contributed to this story.


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