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29 Aug, 2015 07:09

‘Execution-style killing’: Sheriff’s deputy shot dead at Houston gas station, suspect arrested

‘Execution-style killing’: Sheriff’s deputy shot dead at Houston gas station, suspect arrested

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of a sheriff’s deputy in Houston, the local sheriff’s office said. The deputy was ambushed and shot dead at a gas station on Friday.

The Harris County Sheriff’s office reported the arrest on Saturday following a manhunt. It said that the suspect “would be charged,” AP reported.

The suspect has been identified as Shannon J. Miles, 30.

The male suspect killed the uniformed officer, 47-year-old Darren H. Goforth, as he was fueling his patrol car in the northwest of the city Friday.

"It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer," said Sheriff Ron Hickman.

The suspect was described as driving a red Ford Ranger truck and wearing a white T-shirt. He approached the deputy from behind and fired several shots, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

"The deputy then fell to the ground. The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as the deputy lay on the ground," Deputy Thomas Gilliland, spokesman for the office, told reporters.

The victim of the shooting was a 10-year veteran of the force. He leaves behind a wife and two children.