Local officers stop to honor fallen officer from Texas

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
From left, Cassville City Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr gathered with Barry County Reserve Deputy Matthew Phillips, City Patrol Officers Colt Beck, Troy Wenzel and Sgt. Donald Privett on Friday on the courthouse square to pause and honor fallen Officer Darren Goforth, who was murdered last week in Texas. County deputies from the Houston suburb say the shooting was unprovoked and linked to Goforth's uniform and skin color. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Shooting linked to anti-police rhetoric, racism

Local police officers and sheriff's deputies gathered Friday on the square in Cassville to honor fellow fallen Officer Darren Goforth, who was allegedly murdered on Aug. 28 in Houston, Texas, while putting gas in his patrol car.

According to Cassville City Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr, officers received a call from dispatch at approximately 10 a.m. to inform them that officers across the country were collectively stopping their patrol vehicles at 11 a.m., leaving emergency lights on, and standing together for several moments to honor the fallen officer.

"We're doing this in honor of [Goforth], but really to honor all fallen officers, our brothers in blue," Kammerlohr said.

A county officer from the Houston suburb said he believed Goforth was a target simply because of his uniform and color.

The day after Goforth was shot, deputies arrested Shannon Miles, 30, who will be charged with capital murder, which was caught on the gas station's surveillance video.

Goforth, who was a 10-year veteran, was getting gas in his patrol car when the gunman approached from behind, shot him in the back multiple times and again as he lay on the ground, county police officials said.

Ron Hickman, Harris County sheriff, said the shooting was linked to anti-police rhetoric following protests against deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white officers. Goforth was white, and the suspect is black.

Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 5 and 12.

A Houston-based non-profit that supports the children and spouses of officers and firefighters who die on duty said it will give $20,000 to Goforth's family.

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