Moment of silence in Slidell for slain Texas deputy
SLIDELL – Multiple Louisiana law enforcement agencies paid tribute to a fallen Texas sheriff’s deputy by lining a street in Slidell Friday.
Police from around the nation were among thousands of people gathered at a Houston church for the funeral of slain Harris County Sherriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked officers on patrol around the state turn on their vehicles' flashing lights for a minute as services began Friday morning.
Officers and firefighters with the Slidell Police Department, Slidell Animal Control, Louisiana State Police, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St Tammany Fire District #1 and Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s office lined their vehicles on Fremaux Ave and shared a moment of silence for Goforth.
“We will not stand for violence against the men and women who wear the badge,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said. “We will stand together as one and continue our job to protect and serve our citizens. We appreciate all everyone’s support and I hope this support spreads to other areas of our great country,” Smith said.
Goforth was gunned down a week ago at a suburban Houston convenience store while fueling his patrol car.
Thirty-year-old Shannon Miles, who has a history of mental illness and arrests, is charged in the death of the 47-year-old veteran officer. The motive remains unknown.