A uniformed Texas sheriff’s deputy was shot “execution-style” while getting fuel for his patrol car at a Houston-area gas station.
Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, died at the scene.
"He was literally gunned down in what appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing," Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said. "I have been in law enforcement for 45 years, I have never seen anything this cold-blooded."
Hickman said the gunman walked up from behind Goforth and shot him for no apparent reason, without saying a word.
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When Goforth fell to the ground, the gunman shot him several more times.
A man has been taken into custody by authorities who is “believed to be the alleged gunman” in the killing of Goforth, Sgt. William Kennard of the Texas Department of Public Safety told CNN.
Surveillance video stills of the suspect were released by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
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Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Hickman believes he may have been targeted simply because he was a law enforcement officer, NBC News reports.
"It strikes us all at the heart of public service,” Hickman said.
Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.
“Tonight we lost one of our brothers," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "This is an extremely difficult time right now for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. We ask that you continue to give us your prayers and thoughts. Continue praying for this deputy's family."
"We will not rest until this suspect has been located and justice is served to the family of Deputy Darren Goforth,” Hickman tweeted.