'COLD-BLOODED AND COWARDLY' AMBUSH: Texas deputy gunned down at point-blank range while pumping gas — and shot 'multiple times as he lay on the ground'
Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, has just left an accident scene hen he stopped by a gas station on Telge and West Road. As he was pumping gas, a man approached him from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots. Deputy Goforth was pronounced dead on the scene.
An intense manhunt covered Harris County for hours overnight. At about 2:30am, authorities converged on a home on Crystal Lake in Copperfield, led there by a tip. The focus of the investigation is on the red pickup truck in the home's driveway. The person of interest was taken into custody at what's said to be his mother's house. His identity has not been released.
The man's mother -- who didn't want to show her face or give her name -- tells Eyewitness News her son is innocent. She said, "My son is innocent. I was in the house with him, so when that happened, my son was home."
Authorities arrested a suspect in the deadly ambush of Deputy Darren Goforth after an all-night manhunt.
Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, assigned to the west district patrol. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
"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," said Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "It's tough enough being a deputy and being in law enforcement in this country right now, but for people, the way that they are right now, I have no words for what this type of person did."
Officers had described the suspect only as a dark-complexioned man who's about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He had short hair, possibly a fade cut. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts at the time of the shooting and fled the scene in a dark red Ford Ranger.
"It strikes us all at the heart of public service," said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, who vowed to hunt the suspect down.
"It's an act of cowardice and brutality the likes of which I've never seen," added Harris County DA Devon Anderson.
"I've been in law enforcement 45 years," Sheriff Hickman said. "I don't recall another incident this cold blooded and cowardly."
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls tweeted this message of support this morning: "Despite the cowardice attack last night, we will continue to provide professional (law enforcement) services to our communities. Be careful out there."
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