Officials made an impassioned plea to the public to respect law enforcement following the execution-style murder of a Texas sheriff’s deputy.

Harris County deputy Darren H. Goforth was gunned down last night while pumping gas into his patrol car. Authorities today arrested a suspect in connection with his death.

Goforth, who had just finished investigating a traffic accident, was killed without provocation, officials say. Authorities say that Goforth was approached from behind by the suspect, who shot the 47-year-old sheriff’s deputy. The gunman then continued to fire repeatedly into Goforth’s body after he fell to the ground.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson called on the public to respect and support law enforcement.

“It is time for the silent majority in this country to respect law enforcement. There are a few bad apples in every profession. That does not mean that there should be open warfare declared on law enforcement," she said. "The vast majority of officers are there to do the right thing, are there because they care about their community and want to make it a safer place. What happened last night is an assault on the very fabric of society, it is not anything we can tolerate. It is time to come forward and support law enforcement and condemn this atrocious act.”

Sheriff Ron Hickman echoed that sentiment, adding that a dangerous national rhetoric “has gotten out of control.”

“We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter... well, cops’ lives matter, too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier and just say 'lives matter,'” he said.

Goforth was a husband and father to two children. He was a 10-year veteran of the sheriff’s department.


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