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Police arrest suspect in murder of deputy in Harris County
HOUSTON (AP) --    Officials say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station.
   Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman was scheduled to hold a news conference at 4:30 p.m. CDT to discuss the arrest.
   Officials with the sheriff's office declined to comment on details of the arrest or what charge the suspect might face until the news conference.
   Deputy Darren Goforth was pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, continuing to fire after the deputy had fallen to the ground.
   Earlier Saturday, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said officials were questioning a person of interest and had a search warrant for a two-story brick home.

Officer-involved shooting leaves man in stable condition, facing charges
PRESS RELEASE: CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE:

Lake Charles – At approximately 11:30 p.m. yesterday evening the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local bar on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a man passed out and unresponsive, later identified as Joshua H. Heinbach, 32, Sulphur.  When deputies arrived Heinbach had already left in a car with his girlfriend driving.  When Heinbach began beating his girlfriend in the car she pulled over near Hwy 171 and Theriot Road and called 911.  When a deputy arrived at the scene Heinbach ran behind a home and a short chase ensued.  Once the deputy went through a fence Heinback came at the deputy, at which time the deputy fired one shot, hitting Heinbach in the upper torso.  The deputy immediately rendered aid until medical personnel arrived.    
         
Heinbach was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.   He will be charged with domestic abuse, battery, simple battery on a police officer; and trespassing.

            Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer involved shooting incident.

Person of interest questioned in murder of deputy at Harris County gas station

HOUSTON (AP) -- Authorities said Saturday they are questioning a person of interest in the death of a uniformed sheriff's deputy who was shot several times while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station.


Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, authorities said.


Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said officials are speaking with a person of interest in connection with the shooting and have obtained a search warrant for the two-story brick home where the person lives. No arrests have been made, Gilliland said. A news conference is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.


Nine patrol cars, including one with the words "crime scene unit" on the side of the vehicle, were parked near the home, which is about a quarter-mile from the gas station in Copperfield, a middle-class to upper middle-class area of Harris County that is unincorporated.


Police described the suspect as a male with a dark complexion, about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a red or maroon pickup-style truck with an extended cab. Authorities did not say what race they believe him to be.


Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the force, had a wife and two children, according to Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman.


"In my 45 years in law enforcement, I can't recall another incident so cold-blooded and cowardly," Hickman said, who added no motive had been determined.


An impromptu memorial had begun Saturday morning at the Chevron station pump that Goforth was using on Friday night, a pile of balloons, flowers, candles and notes, including one that said, "Gone but never forgotten R.I.P. Deputy Goforth." The gas station was open, but that pump was closed.


Brian McCullar knew Goforth because the deputy had patrolled his neighborhood, which is about two miles from the gas station, and spoke often.


"He was passionate about what he did," the 49-year-old said, adding, "We're still in shock. ... It's a huge loss for his family. It's a huge loss for this area.


"You're talking about a guy that made a difference."


Goforth had traveled to the Chevron station after responding to a routine car accident, Gilliland said.


"He was pumping gas into his vehicle and the male suspect came up behind him and shot the deputy multiple times," Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle. "The deputy fell to ground. The suspect came over and shot the deputy again multiple times as he lay on the ground."


Detectives were checking security camera video for possible clues.


"I can tell you with diligence and justice the suspect will be caught," Gilliland told the newspaper. "And he will be brought to justice ... This is a very callous individual."


Harris County Sheriff's deputies and homicide investigators joined officers from other agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department, in the search.


"This is a very tough moment right now for the Harris County Sheriff's Office," Gilliland said. "Keep us in your prayers and in your thoughts."


Bob Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, said the incident was "shocking."


"We've been warned of things like this, because of public sentiment nationally and events over the last few years ... It's just horrific. That's the only way to describe it."


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Police: VA. shooter 'very closely identified' with foreign, domestic terrorists

BY LINDSEY LEAKE, SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

The man accused of fatally shooting a TV reporter and photographer during a live broadcast in southwestern Virginia Wednesday morning "very closely identified" with both foreign and domestic terrorists, according to police.

 

Authorities also revealed the suspected shooter fired 17 rounds from a Glock pistol during the attack that also left a woman seriously injured.

 

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Friday former WDBJ-TV employee Vester Lee Flanagan II identified with "individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.," based on writings and other evidence seized from the 41-year-old's Roanoke apartment.

 

The sheriff's office said it, along with Virginia State Police, the FBI and the ATF, has been working around the clock since the shootings. The agencies released the following new details of their investigation on Friday:

 

Based on evidence collected at the Franklin County scene, Flanagan fired 17 rounds from a Glock pistol.
State police recovered two handguns, both Glock pistols, from Flanagan's rental vehicle that crashed along Interstate 66 in Fauquier County.
No additional firearms have been recovered at any other locations associated with Flanagan.
At the time of his apprehension in Fauquier County, Flanagan was not wearing any type of body armor or other protective clothing. Investigators are still working to determine if he was wearing protective clothing or gear at the shooting scene in Franklin County.
Based on the evidence collected and analyzed to date, it is evident that Wednesday morning's attack was well planned and pre-meditated.
Investigators also believe, at this stage of the investigation and based on careful scrutiny of the evidence and numerous interviews with friends, family, former colleagues, and other associates, that Flanagan acted alone and shared his plans with no one.
Despite the large number of documents, to include the manifesto faxed to a national news organization, writings he left behind at his apartment, and letters seized from the Chevrolet Sonic in Fauquier County, Flanagan left no indication as to his eventual destination or his next/final actions.
Based on careful scrutiny of those writings and evidence seized from his apartment, it is apparent that Flanagan very closely identified with individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.

Flanagan is believed to be responsible for the deaths of two of his former WDBJ colleagues: reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Vicki Gardner, a Bedford County woman whom Parker was interviewing at the time of the shooting, suffered a serious gunshot wound but is expected to survive. Police say Flanagan fatally shot himself hours later while driving on I-66 in Fauquier County.

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