POINT PLEASANT — Law enforcement agencies in Mason County will be showing solidarity for their Texas brothers and sisters on Friday.
Following what has been called the “execution-style” murder of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has requested all law enforcement in Texas turn on their red and blue lights for one minute on Friday, exactly when Goforth’s funeral begins. The service is to start at 11 a.m., central standard time, which means it begins at noon on Friday in Mason County.
And, at noon, as Goforth’s funeral begins in Texas, in Point Pleasant, officers from law enforcement agencies across the county are joining in a show of support on the lawn where the former Point Pleasant High School/Middle School sat along Jackson Avenue. Cruisers will park in the grass and at noon, lights will go on and respect will be shown for the fallen deputy.
Dave Downing is chief deputy with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and said this will be a show of support for Deputy Sheriff Goforth, first and foremost, but also a show of support for officers everywhere. Though the murder of any officer is troubling, this particular killing happened after Goforth put gas in his cruiser and was approached from behind and shot 15 times. This did not happen in pursuit of a “bad guy” or knocking on someone’s door, which has added to the senselessness of the crime.
Downing said the public is also welcome to join in the show of respect. Gov. Abbott has also asked Texas civilians to wear blue on Friday and turn on their car headlights at the start of Deputy Goforth’s funeral service in Houston and leave them on for one minute. Local civilians are also being encouraged to stand with Texas by doing the same at the gathering in Point Pleasant.
A man has been arrested and charged in Goforth’s killing.
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