HOUSTON, Texas – Authorities in Harris County have identified the alleged killer of a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy as Shannon Juruary Miles, 31. Breitbart Texas has learned that Miles has an extensive history with law enforcement in Harris County.
Miles is the registered owner of the 2002 red Ford Ranger that law enforcement appeared to search on Friday night outside the home where Miles lives. The Ford was being sought after police obtained security video from the gas station where Deputy Darren Goforth was killed. They also had a description of the vehicle from witnesses.
Miles is being charged with capital murder involving the killing of a police officer.
The suspect allegedly walked up behind Deputy Goforth and began shooting without warning. Sheriff Ron Hickman said, during a Saturday press conference attended by Breitbart Texas, that Goforths only “offense” was the clothing he was wearing (a deputy’s uniform.) This is the only profession there is where you can be killed simply for the clothing you wear to work, Hickman told reporters.
Authorities said they did not charge Miles last night because they were confirming facts. Police have now confirmed that a gun recovered by police is the murder weapon.
The extensive criminal history of the alleged cop killer includes trespassing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, evading detention. It appears he had a state jail felony arrest for criminal mischief, but the charge was pleaded down to a misdemeanor charge.
Breitbart Texas obtained the following information from public court records:
- 02/03/2009 – Harris County – Metro – Resist Arrest/Search – Nolo Contender – 6 days jail
- 05/12/2007 – Harris County – HCSO – Criminal Trespass – Guilty – 10 days jail
- 05/03/2007 – Harris County – Jersey Village PD – Evading Arrest – Guilty – 10 days jail (credit for some time in)
- 12/31/2006 – Harris County – HPD – Disorderly Conduct (discharging firearm) – Guilty – 15 days jail
- 10/02/2005 – Harris County – HCSO – Evading Detention (dismissed and refiled as) Resist Arrest/Search – Guilty – 8 days jail
- 07/04/2005 – Harris County – HCSO – Criminal Mischief destruction of property $50 – $500 (was originally a Felony but was reduced to a Misdemeanor) (the complainant was Peggy O’Neal who is the registered owner of the house where Miles lives. O’Neal is also listed on Miles Facebook page.) – Guilty – 3 days jail
- 02/15/2005 – Harris County – U of H PD – Fail to Identify giving False Info – Guilty – 4 days
Breitbart Texas has learned that Miles attended Prairie View A&M University, according to what appears to be his Facebook page. This is the school where Sandra Bland was arrested following a traffic stop and alleged assault on a police officer in July. Three days later Bland killed herself in the Waller County jail and became a prominent icon in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It appears he attended the predominantly black university for one year from August, 2003 to May, 2004. Following that he attended other colleges including Houston Community College and the University of Houston Hilton College.
Following Bland’s suicide, daily protests have been held at the Waller County Jail. In one of these protests attended by Breitbart Texas, a self-proclaimed militant black woman said that all white people should be killed. A few days later, armed members of the New Black Panther Party marched on the jail chanting “the Revolution has begun, off the Pigs,” during another protest attended by Breitbart Texas.
Last week, Breitbart Texas reported that the Prairie View City Council voted to rename University Drive to Sandra Bland Parkway. Bland had moved back to Prairie View shortly before her death to work for the University’s alumni association.
During a press conference attended by Breitrbart Texas that was held in Houston on Saturday, Sheriff Hickman talked about the rhetoric about violence against cops was spiraling out of control.
Meanwhile, members of the community where Goforth lived and served are planning a prayer vigil to honor the fallen deputy. Throughout the day, people have been building a memorial tribute to the deputy. The prayer vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. It will be held at the scene of Goforth’s execution, the Chevron gas station and convenience store located at West Road and Telge Road in northwest Harris County.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson told reporters that it is time for the silent majority in this country to support law enforcement.
Miles is currently being held in the Harris County jail without bond.
Breitbart Texas will be attending this event and will bring more information about this developing story.
Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as a prosecutor and an associate judge. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.
Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.