M an faces cap­i­tal mur­der charge in killing of Hous­ton deputy

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Sher­iff’s deputies on Satur­day ar­rested a 30-year-old man who will be charged with cap­i­tal mur­der in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing death of a deputy at a sub­ur­ban Hous­ton gas sta­tion, a killing the sher­iff tied to anger against po­lice.

Shan­non Miles was picked up for ques­tion­ing early on Satur­day fol­low­ing the Fri­day night shoot­ing, which was cap­tured on sur­veil­lance video, Harris County Sher­iff Ron Hick­man told re­porters. He noted that Miles is black and has a history of prior ar­rests for tres­pass­ing and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

Ear­lier on Satur­day, Hick­man had linked the shoot­ing of deputy Dar­ren Go­forth, who was white, to anti-po­lice rhetoric across the coun­try in the wake of deaths of un­armed black men at the hands of white of­fi­cers.

On an­nounc­ing the charges against Miles later in the day, Hick­man said the depart­ment as­sumed Go­forth was “a tar­get be­cause he wore a uni­form.”

Hick­man said a hand­gun had been re­cov­ered and that a bal­lis­tics test matched it to bul­lets re­cov­ered from the scene. Go­forth, a 10-year vet­eran of the force, was pump­ing gas into his pa­trol car when the gun­man ap­proached from be­hind and shot him in the back, then shot him sev­eral more times as he lay on the ground, sher­iff’s

of­fi­cials said.

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