Suspect Arrested in ‘Execution’ of Texas Deputy

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Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.

Slain Texas Deputy Was ‘Born for’ Law Enforcement

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Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.

Suspect Arrested in Texas Deputy Killing

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Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.

For Slain Texas Deputy, Law Enforcement Was ‘His Calling,’ Brother-in-Law Says

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was “his calling,” his brother-in-law told ABC News.

Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.

A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Saturday.

“He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it,” Allison, 46, said. “He really felt the brotherhood in the community … that’s what he loved to do.

“He was kind of born for it,” Allison said.

Goforth is survived by his wife, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said.

“He was the rock in that family,” Allison said through tears. “The kids loved him.

“I didn’t have a brother… when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family,” Allison said.

Goforth “never got mad at anybody,” Allison said. “He was just a giving individual.”

“It was just something that you don’t expect to ever happen,” Allison said.

Though several people have been questioned, the suspect remains at-large, said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. He urged witnesses to come forward, describing the shooting as a “cold-blooded execution.”

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson echoed the sentiment.

“We need to bring this killer to justice,” she said.

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Memorial Service Held in New Orleans on Tenth Anniversary of Katrina

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Local leaders and residents attended a memorial service on Saturday for the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall.

The ceremony took place at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, a mausoleum for the nearly 100 unidentified victims of the storm. Among those in attendance were New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal.

“Although the American citizens that lie on this sacred ground are unnamed,” Landrieu said Saturday, “they are not unclaimed. Because we claim them.”

Landrieu talked about the city’s “resurrection” in the aftermath of the storm. “We talk a lot about being thankful for how far we’ve come and the city of New Orleans clearly is on a path to a better place,” Landrieu said, “but we have always said that we are not going forward, if we cannot go forward together.”

As many as 10,000 volunteers were out on the New Orleans streets Saturday, in what Landrieu called “neighbor helping neighbor, American citizen helping American citizen.”

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Slain Texas Deputy: Law Enforcement Was ‘His Calling’

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Parade of Big Trucks Honors Toddler in Arizona

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About 100 trucks took part in a funeral procession in memory of Elijah Steffen.

Mountain Lion Captured After Jumping on Mechanic Opening up Shop

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MikeLane45/iStock/Thinkstock(PALMDALE, Calif.) — A California mechanic got a surprise Friday morning when a mountain lion jumped on him as he was opening the shop where he worked.

Hank Barkerfelt said the encounter scared him but the animal quickly took off, ABC station KABC-TV reports. It happened at LJ Automotive in Palmdale, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

“I just opened up the shop like I do every morning and she came out from a little cubby-hole we have back there and just stumped me against the wall and took off,” said Barkerfelt. “She wasn’t aggressive at all. No teeth, no nothing.”

Barkerfelt called for help afterward.

“I hear these stories, but you never think it’s gonna happen to you,” he said.

California Fish and Wildlife officers pursued the animal until they captured and tranquilized it. The lion was later released back into the wild.

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Sheriff’s Deputy Shot, Killed While Pumping Gas

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A suspect has been arrested.

Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Shot to Death at Gas Station

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A sheriff???s deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday evening as he was filling his patrol car at a gas station in a suburban part of Houston.

The fallen officer has been identified as Darren Goforth, 47, who was a 10-year-veteran with the Harris County Sheriff???s Office.

Goforth was pumping gas at a service station when a male suspect walked up from behind and shot the deputy multiple times, according to Deputy Thomas Gilliand of the Harris County Sheriff???s Office.

The deputy died on the scene. No motive is known for the shooting.

???The deputy then fell to ground,??? Gilliand told reporters. ???The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground.”

Gilliand added that the suspect fled in a red or maroon Ford Ranger truck.

The alleged shooter is described as a male with a dark complexion, about 5??? 10??? to 6,??? wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts.

A search is underway for the suspect, according to Gilliand, who characterized…

Suspect Arrested in Murder of Harris County, TX Sheriff’s Deputy

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(HARRIS COUNTY, T.X.) – A suspect has been arrested in the ambush murder of a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy, authorities said.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth was filling his patrol car with gas, when a man came from behind and fired multiple shots at him. The suspect continued to fire as the officer was on the ground. Goforth was in full uniform at the time.

“It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer,” Hickman said.

During the manhunt, law enforcement officials used surveillance video to identify the man in question.

 

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Person of Interest Taken in For Questioning in Murder of Harris County, TX Sheriff’s Deputy

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(HARRIS COUNTY, T.X.) – A person of interest has been taken in for questioning in connection with the ambush murder of a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy, authorities say.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth was filling his patrol car with gas Friday night when a man came from behind and fired multiple shots at him. The suspect continued to fire as the officer was on the ground. Goforth was in full uniform at the time.

“It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer,” Harris County Sherrif Ron Hickman said.

During the manhunt, law enforcement officials used surveillance video to identify the man in question. 

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Dog Survives Being Shot in the Mouth

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A one-year-old Pit Bull named Honey survived being shot point blank in the mouth by her owner’s ex-boyfriend, according to New York City officials.

Women Who Survived 5 Days in Wilderness: ‘We’re Too Young to Die’

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“We’re just feeling so grateful to be home.”

Virginia Shooter’s Ex-Boss Tells of His ‘Abrasive’ Behavior

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) — Vester Lee Flanagan threatened to hit one of his colleagues when they were on a reporting job years before he fatally shot a reporter and a cameraman this week, his former boss told ABC News.

Dan Dennison, the news director at WDBJ-TV when Flanagan worked there, said that everything was going well with his employment for the first two months after he was hired in March 2012. It wasn’t until May of that year that he had his first run-in with a colleague that happened when Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams at work, was called to report a story in the field with another reporter.

“He allegedly entered the station microwave truck, or live truck, and started screaming and yelling at a reporter and a photographer, or maybe two photographers in the truck,” Dennison told ABC News in his first interview since the shooting on Wednesday.

Dennison learned about the incident after the other staffer, who was not named, told Dennison about the incident but they decided not to file a formal report at the time because they “tried to work things out,” Dennison said.

“We really thought it was a one-time situation at that time,” Dennison said.

Greg Baldwin, who works as the assistant news director at WDBJ and worked at the station at the same time as Flanagan, reiterated that account and said that it served as a warning sign.

“The reporter calls me and she says, ‘You have got to get here now. Bryce has — we got into an argument and he is in my face. And I, I think he is ready to hit me,’” Baldwin told ABC News.

“That was the first time that we knew that he was violent,” he said.

Dennison said that the “pattern” of complaints relating to his “brusque and abrasive demeanor” came mostly from his colleagues but also from one or two people in the community who he interviewed as part of his job.

Dennison detailed the various meetings they had with Flanagan before he was fired on Feb. 1, 2013, which were echoed in a court filing publicly available as a result of a suit Flanagan later filed against WDBJ. The suit was later dismissed.

The tipping point came when the human resources director presented Flanagan with his severance package.

“He took one look at that and cussed and said, ‘This is B.S.,’” Dennison said.

“As I recall, he slammed his fist down on the table,” Dennison said. “It was so loud, people frankly reported that they thought a bomb had gone off.”

The situation escalated from there, so much so that they had to call in two police officers to help escort him from the building. Dennison said the officers spent five to ten minutes trying to get him to leave his desk.

“At one point, I was standing maybe five feet away from him up against the wall, and he looked at me and threw a ball cap and a wooden cross at me and said, ‘You’re gonna need these,’” Dennison said.

He wasn’t the only one to spark a reaction from Flanagan, Dennison said.

“Adam Ward — the young man who was killed — was standing in a back corner of the newsroom, videotaping this for documentation. And Bryce turned around to him at one point and flipped him off and cussed at him,” Dennison said.

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Inside On-Air Shooter Vester Flanagan’s Sparse Apartment

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) — Photos from inside the apartment of alleged on-air killer Vester Flanagan show his spare living space.

The only hanging decorations were a series of photos from what appeared to be his earlier careers in modeling and television.

His refrigerator was covered in 10 sheets of paper, all pictures of himself. One appeared to be a contact sheet with dozens of headshots.

The apartment images were provided to ABC News by an agency that exclusively represents the syndication of the photos.

The only other colorful decorations in his apartment appeared to be about two dozen tea-light candles. The candles, which all seemed to be previously burned, varied from beige to light pink and red, and were found on the counter in his bathroom.

There are several other partially burned larger candles on the counter, as well.

Barbasol shaving cream and Aim toothpaste were the only noticeable brands near the mirror.

The rest of the apartment was strikingly bare, with no sheets on his bed, nothing on the walls in the living room and few pieces of furniture. The only chair shown near his computer appeared to be a plastic outdoor chair.

Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams when he worked in TV news, allegedly shot and killed two of his former colleagues while they were filming a live interview Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia.

The 41-year-old man was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being chased by Virginia State Police. He died later after being airlifted to a nearby hospital.

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FAA Approves Use of First-Ever Paper Airplane Drone

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Aviation Administration has approved its first-ever paper airplane drone to fly commercially.

Under FAA requirements, drones may not be operated outside restricted airspace and below 200 feet. However, the FAA’s exemption approval waives those restrictions.

This smartphone-controlled paper airplane — also known as the PowerUp 3.0 — has a flight time of 5 to 10 minutes and a range of 180 feet, according to the company.

The company also touts the airplane drone’s success saying that the PowerUp 3.0 stands as the most successful Kickstarter campaign in the flight category. The company says it has also been used and endorsed by NASA scientists.

The petition for exemption for the PowerUp 3.0 was filed by Peter Sachs, a lawyer with a concentration in drone law and pilot who wants to use the paper airplane drone to take aerial videos and photos.

“I intend to operate my UA [Unmanned Aircraft] commercially by conducting aerial photography and videography, both at the request of others and absent anyone’d request, but in either with the intent to create salable art,” Sachs wrote in his letter to the FAA.

The FAA found that granting an exemption would be in the public’s best interest and that good cause exists, as Sachs would be using the drone for aerial data collection.

To date, the FAA has approved over 1,300 drone flights from those seeking to operate unmanned vehicles in commercial airspace.

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Why Emmett Till’s Life Matters 60 Years After His Brutal Slaying

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Today marks 60 years after Chicago teenager Emmett Till was killed at age 14 for apparently whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

Labrie Found Not Guilty of Felony Sexual Assault

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Owen Labrie, now 19, had entered a not-guilty plea.

Owen Labrie Found Not Guilty of Felony Sexual Assault in Prep School Trial

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ABC News(CONCORD, N.H.) — Owen Labrie was found not guilty of felony sexual assault in a case at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious New Hampshire prep school.

The jury of nine men and three women delivered a not guilty verdict on the felony sexual assault charge on the second day of deliberations. He was found guilty of four misdemeanors for sexual assault and one felony related to a computer charge.

Labrie, now 19, was accused of raping a fellow student in May 2014 at the school in Concord, New Hampshire. He was charged with multiple felonies relating to the encounter and had entered a not-guilty plea.

The alleged victim, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, testified last week. “I was raped!” she said loudly amid tears. “I was violated in so many ways.”

When Labrie took the stand this week, he described their activity, which he said was mutual, but he denied having sex with her.

“It wouldn’t have been a good move to have sex with this girl,” he recalled thinking at the time when he said he and the alleged victim were making out in a school tower.

Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said in court that the encounter at the center of the case was part of a “senior salute,” a tradition at the prep school. Ruffle said that the “senior salute” practice was largely intended as a way for graduating seniors “to be with someone that they might have wanted to be with throughout” high school, and could include activities like walking to class together or kissing but “it might include a little bit more.”

She also said some students believed Labrie and some of his friends had turned the tradition into a competition.

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Family Fights to Save Tree House Built in Memory of Late Father

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A family from Rossmoor, California, is fighting to save the three-story tree house they built in front of their home in memory of their dad, who recently passed away.

Prep School Rape Trial Jury Reaches Verdict

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Owen Labrie, now 19, had entered a not-guilty plea.

Watch Alleged Road Rage Accident

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Police in Arizona credit a motorist???s dash-cam video with helping them make an arrest in an alleged road rage incident.

Erika Takes Aim at Florida, Leaves Trail of Destruction

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Four people were killed on the island of Dominica.

Zoo Reveals Gender of Surviving Panda Cub

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The National Zoo announced today the gender of its newborn panda cub.

5 Things to Know This Morning: Life-Saving Hike

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Student Dead in Shooting at Savannah State University

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — Shots rang out on Savannah State University’s campus Thursday, with one student killed and the university placed on lockdown.

The shooting, which occurred at the SSU Student Union building, was sparked by an altercation, the university said in a statement.

Christopher Starks, a junior from the metro Atlanta area, died in the shooting, the school said. At this point, no arrests have been made.

The campus was put on lockdown following the shooting. The lockdown order was later lifted.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation, with the SSU Police Department assisting, the university said. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact police.

Friday’s classes will be delayed until 10 a.m. and grief counselors will be made available.

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Virginia On-Air Shooting: Survivor’s Harrowing Tale of Facing Down Gunman

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Family photo(MONETA, Va.) — The woman who survived the horrific on-air shooting that left two journalists dead in Virginia earlier this week gave her husband a harrowing account of the fusillade.

Tim Gardner told ABC News that his wife, Vicki, the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was able to walk to the ambulance herself even though she had a bullet in her back.

Vicki Gardner, who woke up from a medically induced coma Thursday afternoon following her second surgery, told her husband that she could not see the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, approaching because of the lights of the camera.

The gunman — who once worked at WDBJ-7, the same station as the victims — first targeted reporter Alison Parker, Tim Gardner said, and then turned his attention to cameraman Adam Ward.

“Then he shot three times at my wife, and she was trying to dodge everything,” Tim Gardner said, recalling what his wife had told him. “He missed twice, and then she dove to the ground and curled up in a ball, and that’s when he shot her in the back.”

The gunman continued to pull the trigger but the gun jammed, Tim Gardner said. He eventually left the area.

With Parker and Ward fatally wounded and the gunman gone, Vicki Gardner stood up.

“I don’t think she ever felt like she was in danger after she got up and walked to the ambulance after being shot, but she didn’t know the extent of her injuries at that point, but the surgeon told me that a couple of centimeters and she wouldn’t be walking and a couple of centimeters more and she wouldn’t be alive,” Tim Gardner said.

Vicki Gardner had a kidney and part of her colon removed but is expected to make a recovery.

Following her surgeries, Gardner learned more about the scope of the shooting.

“She’s slowly becoming aware of how much attention it’s getting. She’s just … well, she’s just a little torn up about things at the moment,” Tim Gardner said.

Flanagan, who went by the professional name Bryce Williams, sent a text message to a friend “making reference to having done something stupid,” according to a search warrant.

A briefcase with a wig, shawl and three license plates were among the items found inside Flanagan’s car, according to the search warrant. Inside the Chevrolet Sonic, police found a Glock pistol, six ammunition magazines and ammunition for a 9mm weapon.

It was not clear what use items found in the briefcase — the wig, shawl, a pair of sunglasses, an umbrella, and three different license plates — were intended for.

Flanagan refused to pull over for authorities on I-66, and when a trooper approached, he was found to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound while in the car. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital but died after he arrived there.

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Survivor’s Harrowing Tale of Facing Down Gunman

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The woman who survived the horrific on-air shooting that left two journalists dead in Virginia earlier this week gave her husband a harrowing account of the fusillade.

Savannah State University on Lockdown After Shooting Incident

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — The Savannah State University campus was put on lockdown Thursday evening after a shooting incident there, campus officials said.

“The SSU campus is on lockdown following a shooting incident this evening at or near the Student Union,” the school said in a statement. “A male victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.”

According to ABC News affiliate WTVM-TV, students were being told to “stay in place and cooperate with officers and other personal.”

Further details, including his condition, were not immediately available.

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