An arrest has been made in the assassination of Harris County, Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth while he was in uniform pumping gas in to his squad car Friday night.
Shannon J. Miles,30, was arrested early Saturday and is facing capital murder charges. Miles is the person of interest who was taken in to custody around 2:30 a.m. CDT.
Correct Shannon Miles photo. Photo used at press conference by HCSO was incorrect. Image HCSO via Twitter.
The arrest was announced at a press conference held at 4:30 p.m. CDT Saturday. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said a “big gun, a handgun” had been recovered and ballistic tests matched it with the weapon that killed Deputy Goforth.
Sheriff Hickman said Miles had a criminal record that included charges of, “resisting arrest, trespass, evading detention and disorderly conduct with a firearm.”
Sheriff Hickman said there was no known motive at this point and that Deputy Goforth had no known previous contact with Miles. Hickman said the assumption is that Goforth was targeted because of his uniform.
Reporting by the Houston Chronicle could add a wrinkle to the case. The brother of the person of interest taken in to custody (and now revealed to be the alleged shooter) said his brother went to the store with his mother Friday after work and returned home.
“Authorities are currently at a house in Cypress, where a Red Ford Ranger was towed from the driveway Saturday afternoon.
“A young man who identified himself as the person of interest’s brother said he and his family were still waiting for answers. The man, who lives at the house at Pine Falls and Lake Crystal Drive with his brother and mother, said police just burst in. At this point, all he knew is it had something to do with their red truck.
“The man said his brother got off work, then went briefly to the store with his mother. He could not provide details because his mother ordered him to stop talking to a reporter.
Earlier the person of interest’s mother told KTRK-TV her son was innocent and had been home with Friday night when the shooting took place.
“An intense manhunt covered Harris County for hours late last night into this morning. 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. That’s where the person of interest was found, and the truck towed. That person’s identity has not been released.
“The man’s mother — who didn’t want to show her face or give her name — told Eyewitness News her son didn’t commit any crime. She said, “My son is innocent. I was in the house with him, so when that happened, my son was home.””
At the press conference, Sheriff Hickman said the mother did not turn in her son and that he was not aware she had given an alibi for her son to investigators, only that he had seen news reports about that.
Hickman closed the press conference by saying that he was not looking for anyone else in the case “at this time.”