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PLEA DEAL REACHED IN SHOOTER OF HARRIS COUNTY DEPUTY

Shannon Miles, who was accused of shooting and killing Harris County Sheriff’s Dep. Darren Goforth at a gas station more than two years ago, is expected to take a plea deal for his role in the murder.

Details of Miles’ plea agreement are not yet available.

The suspect’s mental state at the time of the August 2015 shooting has been in question over the course of the pre-trial proceedings.

Miles’ attorney stated his client has a history of schizophrenia and psychotic episodes. The insanity defense was being explored, saying Miles didn’t even remember the day of the murder.

Miles was transferred to a state mental facility after his arrest.

Last year, a judge found Miles incompetent to stand trial, but that was reversed earlier this year.

In the incident, investigators said Goforth worked an accident scene in northwest Harris County and then went to a gas station on Telge and West Road.

As Goforth was pumping gas, detectives said Miles approached Goforth from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. Once Goforth fell to the ground, authorities said Miles fired more shots at the deputy.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon was brought in as the Special Prosecutor in the case.

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