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

A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Friday as he was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office identified the deputy as 10-year veteran Darren Goforth. He was pumping gas into his patrol car when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, said Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Gilliand.

Goforth, 47, died at the gas station, where he had stopped after responding to an earlier car crash, said Gilliand.

“I’ve been in law enforcement 45 years,” said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, according to ABC station KTRK-TV. “I don’t recall another incident this cold blooded and cowardly.”

A suspect was arrested hours after the shooting, according to the Sheriff’s Office. No motive has been given.

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Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.

“It’s an act of cowardice and brutality the likes of which I’ve never seen,” Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson told reporters.

Bob Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, called the “shocking.”

“We’ve been warned of things like this, because of public sentiment nationally and events over the last few years,” he said. “It’s just horrific. That’s the only way to describe it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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