*President Barack Obama said he offered his condolences to the widow of Deputy Darren Goforth, the 47-year-old police officer who was gunned down from behind late Friday and shot multiple times at close range in the Houston area.
Goforth, a white, 10-year veteran of the force, also left behind two children.
“I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day,” Obama added. “They put their lives on the line for our safety.”
Shannon Miles, a 30-year-old black man with a long criminal history, has been charged with capital murder.
Local officials have blamed the anti-police sentiment in the country following a number of high-profile incidents in which unarmed black citizens were killed by white police officers.
“Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable — an affront to civilized society,” Obama said. “We’ve got to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the door at the end of his shift. That comfort has been taken from Mrs. Goforth. So we must offer her our comfort — and continue to stand up for the safety of police officers wherever they serve.”