(Daily Mail) – A Suburban Houston police officer who was ambushed at a gas station was shot 15 times, Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson said in court Monday.
Shannon J Miles appeared briefly in state district court in handcuffs and shackles and said very little, other than to answer the judge’s questions. He is being held without bond and was appointed two attorneys.
Anderson read the probable cause statement during the hearing, saying that police received a call of an officer down at 8.20pm Friday.
When police arrived at the gas station in the Houston suburb of Cypress, they found deputy Darren Goforth face-down. Anderson said investigators saw surveillance video from the gas station, which showed that Goforth, 47, had just come out of the store after he had pumped gas and that Miles got out of his red truck and approached the deputy.j
‘He runs up behind deputy Goforth and puts the gun to the back of his head and shoots. Deputy Goforth hits the ground and then he continues to unload his gun, shooting repeatedly into the back of deputy Goforth,’ Anderson said.
Goforth was shot 15 times and a witness saw the shooting, Anderson said. She added that the shell casings match the .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun found at Miles’ home.
She would not comment on a motive to reporters after the hearing. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said over the weekend that the attack was ‘clearly unprovoked,’ and there is no evidence that Goforth knew Miles.
‘Our assumption is that he (Goforth) was a target because he wore a uniform,’ the sheriff said.
In a press conference Saturday afternoon, Hickman pointed a finger at the Black Lives Matter movement, saying it had ‘ramped up’ public sentiment against officers like Goforth, helping create the conditions for the attack.
We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter – well cops’ lives matter too. Why don’t we just drop the qualifier and say ‘lives matter’. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman He said: ‘Our system of justice absolutely requires law enforcement to be present to protect our community.
‘So at any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point where the calculated, cold-blooded assassination of police officers happens, this rhetoric has gotten out of control.
‘We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter – well, cops’ lives matter too. Why don’t we just drop the qualifier and say “lives matter”.’
A resume posted online suggests Miles attended Prairie View A&M University, the school where Sandra Bland was arrested following a traffic stop and alleged assault on a police officer in July.
Three days later she killed herself in her cell and the Black Lives Matter movement made her an integral figure in its movement.
Miles’ criminal record begins in 2005, when he was convicted of criminal mischief, giving false information to police and resisting arrest, according to records. In 2006, he was convicted of disorderly conduct with a firearm and sentenced to a maximum of 15 days in jail. He was convicted of evading arrest in 2007, and his most recent conviction came in 2009 for again resisting arrest.
Records show that the 30-year-old Houston resident was sentenced to several short stints in jail, anywhere from 10 to six days.
Goforth, 47, was pumping gas at a Chevron station Friday night in Cypress, a middle- to upper-middle-class suburban area of Harris County located northwest of Houston, when the gunman approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, continuing to fire after the deputy had fallen to the ground.