Darren Goforth: Sheriff’s deputy murdered in “execution-style killing.”

Sheriff’s Deputy Murdered in “Execution-Style Killing” While Pumping Gas in Houston Area

Sheriff’s Deputy Murdered in “Execution-Style Killing” While Pumping Gas in Houston Area

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Aug. 29 2015 1:41 PM

Sheriff’s Deputy Murdered in “Execution-Style Killing” While Pumping Gas in Houston Area

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Deputy Darren Goforth is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's office on August 29, 2015.

Law enforcement agents are interviewing a person of interest in the killing of a uniformed sheriff’s deputy from the Houston area. Darren Goforth, 47, was apparently gunned down out of the blue at a gas station on Friday night shortly after working at a routine car accident, reports the Houston Chronicle. No charges have been filed yet against the person of interest, who was apparently turned in by his own mother.

Witnesses say the gunman approached Goforth from behind and shot him multiple times in the back, continuing to unload his weapon into the officer after he had fallen to the ground, reports USA Today. "It appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing of a police officer," Sheriff Ron Hickman said. “In my 45 years in law enforcement, I can't recall another incident so cold-blooded and cowardly.”

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A memorial sprang up on Saturday morning at the Chevron station where Goforth was gunned down as people took balloons, flowers, candles and notes to the area. Although the gas station reopened after the incident, the pump Goforth was using when he was killed remained closed, reports the Associated Press.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.