Press Release #090415(02)-San Angelo Police & Statewide Law Enforcement Honor Slain Officers with Governor Abbott's Request
At 11:00 a.m. today, San Angelo Police Officers will be honoring the funeral of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth and Abilene Police Officer Don Allen by activating in-service Patrol Vehicle's emergency lights and with a moment of silent prayer.
In the wake of Deputy Goforth's brutal assassination on August 28, Texas Governor Greg Abbott spearheaded the call to action stating, ?It is time to unite in solidarity to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities. I ask that communities across Texas support this cause for unity and remember the essential role that law enforcement plays in keeping Texas safe and strong.?
Additionally, Abbott called for all Law Enforcement Officers to turn on their red and blue flashing lights at 11:00 a.m. and encouraged civilian drivers to turn on their emergency hazard lights in a show of support.
Deputy Sheriff Goforth was shot and killed from ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car at a commercial gas station at the intersection of West and Telge Roads, in Cypress. As Deputy Goforth stood next to his patrol car filling it with fuel, Shannon Miles walked up behind him and fired multiple shots. After Deputy Goforth fell to the ground, Miles shot him several more times before fleeing the scene. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Miles unloaded 15 rounds into Deputy Goforth.
Miles was apprehended the next day following a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies from around the Harris County and Houston area. He was charged with capital murder.
This event coincides with the funeral for Abilene Police Officer Don Allen, who was murdered inside his home Monday evening. Earlier this morning, Members of the San Angelo Police Department's Command Staff and Honor Guard traveled to Abilene to support their colleagues at APD and honor Officer Allen.