Darren Goforth pulled his police cruiser up to a gasoline pump in Houston this weekend. He started pumping gas.
Then someone shot him in the back. He shot him again and again after he fell.
The senselessness of this act defies any possible rational thought.
Goforth was a Harris County sheriff’s deputy. He was 47 years of age. He was married and the father of two children.
Police arrested Shannon Miles and charged him with capital murder.
Words fail most of us now.
“In my 45 years in law enforcement, I can’t recall another incident so cold-blooded and cowardly,” said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman.
That, I reckon, about sizes it up.
The suspect reportedly has a history of run-ins with law enforcement.
Under Texas law, the crime Miles is accused of committing qualifies as a capital crime, meaning he would be sentenced to death if a jury convicts him. The only possible way to escape a date with the executioner would be for the suspect to plead guilty to this heinous crime.
Let us not politicize this case, OK? Police officials have said things such as “Cops’ lives matter,” in connection with the “Black lives matter” movement that’s been gaining traction.
It’s all true.
What we have here is a horrifying crime against a law enforcement officer who was putting gasoline in his car, for God’s sake.
Let’s just find out the truth of what happened, determine who did it and then administer the justice that’s coming to the guilty party.