Suspect In Shooting Death Of Deputy Makes First Court Appearance

Shannon J. Miles is charged with capital murder.

Law enforcement officers filled the 208th District Criminal Court downtown, along with family members of Deputy Darren Goforth, as 30-year-old suspect Shannon Miles was brought into the courtroom in shackles, wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit. District Attorney Devon Anderson told the judge that Miles was apprehended because of surveillance cameras at the Chevron gas station where Deputy Goforth was shot.

“They watched the video and saw that Deputy Goforth came out of the convenience store, approached his patrol car, and as he got a few feet away from it, they saw a dark-skinned male who was bald, with red shorts and a white t-shirt, run up behind the deputy who clearly did not see him or hear him coming and shot him in the back of the head. Deputy Goforth fell to the ground and the male stood over him and fired several more times into the back of his head and his back.”

Anderson says deputies have witnesses.

“They contacted a witness at the scene who said that he had pulled up at the gas station with his children in the car. He was getting out of the car when he heard gunshots. He turned and saw a black male with bald head shooting into a deputy’s back, who was down on the parking lot.”

Deputies recovered a 40-caliber pistol and ammunition, and ballistics testing determined it was the gun fired at the scene. The cartridges matched shell casings found there.

Law enforcement officers at the hearing wore cloth labels over their badges with a Latin phrase that means “no one attacks me with impunity.”

The next court date for Miles will be in October.