Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, August 28, 2015
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 28, 2015
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Ron Hickman
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
1200 Baker Street
Attn: Family Assistance Unit
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 755-8461
Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was shot and killed from ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car at a commercial gas station at the intersection of West Road and Telge Road, in Cypress.
Deputy Goforth was on patrol and had completed an assignment at the scene of a vehicle collision. He when to a local gas station to fuel his patrol car. As Deputy Goforth stood next to his patrol car filling it with fuel, a male subject walked up behind him, and fired multiple shots. After Deputy Goforth fell to the ground, the subject shot him several more times before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck.
The suspect was apprehended several hours later after a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies from around the Harris County and Houston area.
Deputy Goforth had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Police stressed that the 47-year-old Goforth, a married father of two, was killed in an unprovoked attack.
"The deputy fell to ground," Dep. Thomas Gilliland said at a press conference. "The suspect came over and shot the deputy again multiple times as he lay on the ground."
“It appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing of a police officer,” Hickman said. “It strikes us all at the heart of public service. … We will hunt this person down and do our best to bring him to justice.”
A witness, identified only as McKenzie, told KTRK she heard the gunshots around 8:20 p.m. and called 911. She found a woman crying over the deputy’s body.
"She was laying on top him," McKenzie said. "She was saying that was her best friend and that he had two kids."
Hours after Goforth’s murder, a memorial of flowers, notes and candles appeared at the gas pump where he died.
According to Hickman, Goforth had finished investigating a traffic accident about 30 minutes before he was killed. Hickman said it doesn’t appear there were any connection between the traffic investigation and the shooting.
The 100 Club, a Houston-based nonprofit organization supporting dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, announced Saturday it will provide a $20,000 check to Goforth’s wife, 12-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son to help with immediate financial needs.
"Tonight we lost one of our brothers. This is an extremely difficult time right now for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "We ask that you continue to give us your prayers and thoughts. Continue praying for this deputy’s family."
On Saturday morning, balloons, flowers and candles were placed at the Chevron station gas pump that Goforth used before he was killed. A note at the impromptu memorial read, "Gone but never forgotten R.I.P Deputy Goforth,"