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Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) — A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into Harris County Sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, prosecutors said in court Monday, adding that they found 15 shell-casings at the scene.

Suspect Shannon Miles, 30, allegedly ran up to Goforth as he was filling up his tank and began firing immediately, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Monday at Miles' court appearance.

Anderson said Miles kept firing even when Goforth was on the ground.

Goforth, 47, died at the gas station. Prosecutors said Monday Goforth was found face-down in a pool of blood.

An eyewitness, who saw the suspect flee, described the make and model of Miles' red Ford Ranger, prosecutors said, leading authorities to Miles' house. Prosecutors said they found a gun matching the ballistics of the gun that killed Goforth.

A witness viewed a video line-up and positively identified Miles as the shooter, prosecutors said.

Miles, who appeared disoriented in court Monday, remained cuffed throughout his appearance and wore yellow jail jumpsuit. No plea was entered. Miles was provided court-appointed attorneys.

The motive and origin of the gun have not been determined, Anderson said after court.

Anderson said she never expected to be at a crime scene Friday night, "looking at an officer dead on the ground."

"Houston is a very special place," Anderson said, where law enforcement is "treasured and valued."

The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday.

"Our assumption is that he [the deputy] was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said Saturday. "At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that."

Miles has a previous criminal history, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, according to Hickman.

Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, his brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News.

"He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News 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.

Kathleen Goforth said in a statement, "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.

"I admired his quality, perhaps, the most," her statement said. "For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."


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Courtesy Randolph-Macon College(ASHLAND, Va.) -- Getting to know your new classmates can be one of the hardest parts of starting life as a college student, but four freshmen at a Virginia college already have that problem solved.

The freshmen are quadruplets who each chose, on their own, to attend the same college, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

The 17-year-old siblings - Jake, Hannah, Lexi and Rachel Jones - toured around 10 college campuses before they each individually chose Randolph-Macon.

The four-some discovered they'd all picked the same school after their parents, Scott and Deann Jones, asked them each to make a list of their top schools, without showing each other their picks.

"It was definitely funny," Rachel Jones told ABC News of the moment. "We aren’t exactly alike so we didn’t expect to all go to the same school but now that I think about it, I think we all could tell."

"We all loved it when we came here and we had so many good things to say about it," she said of Randolph-Macon. "I could tell, at least, that we all really enjoyed it."

The siblings, from Chestertown, Maryland, are members of the college’s 473-member Class of 2019.

Move-in day for the quadruplets earlier this month involved the family mini-van, a 10-foot U-Haul truck, suitcases and sports gear and over 100 boxes, each closed with a different-colored duct tape for each sibling.

The siblings all moved into the same co-ed residence hall, with two of them, Hannah and Lexi, rooming together. Rachel is their suite-mate while Jake lives down the hall.

"It’s really nice to be with all of them and it made it a lot easier," Rachel said. "We’ve been all hanging out. It's nice to have them here and to meet who they get close with."

The siblings started classes Monday and though they each chose the college, the four are going their separate ways when it comes to majors.

Jake is studying communications, while Rachel is pursuing psychology, Hannah is going pre-med to become a physical therapist and Lexi is majoring in English.

Back home, the quadruplets' parents are adjusting to life without the hustle and noise of four teenagers, while their younger sister, 12-year-old Olivia, is adjusting to having her own bedroom all to herself.

"She loves it," Rachel said of her younger sister's not-too-difficult adjustment. "She was super excited."

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Southwest Airlines says no one was hurt when two of its planes clipped one another other near a gate at Oakland International Airport Sunday night.

“The wing on Southwest Airlines aircraft operating flight number 280 came into contact with the wing of another Southwest aircraft, while pushing back from the gate at Oakland Airport. No customer or employee injuries were reported on either aircraft,” the airline said in a statement late Sunday.

Both aircraft have been taken out of service and will undergo maintenance evaluations.

“Safety is always our number one focus and we are conducting an internal review to identify details surrounding today's event,” Southwest said Sunday.

The airline is working to accommodate all affected customers.


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In this NOAA handout, Tropical Storm Erika weakens and falls apart over Cuba on Saturday. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Rescue crews are continuing to search for more than 50 people still missing in Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika caused flooding and mudslides on the Caribbean island.

The death toll in Dominica has risen to 20.

Officials are working to evacuate roughly 1,000 people from the town of Petite-Savanne because of fears of new landslides, said Don Corritte, director of the office of disaster management. Evacuations were carried out by boat because of damage to roads and bridges.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said all the residents of the town in the country's southeast would be evacuated. He declared disaster status for nine areas, calling the extent of the devastation "monumental."

"Access by road to these communities is impossible," he said. These towns "are cut off from the rest of the country."

That same storm system, while weakened, is expected to bring up to 6 inches of rain to parts of Florida on Monday.

In the Tampa area, which has already seen more than 15 inches of rain this month, people proactively filled sandbags, hoping to contain the potential flooding.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- The highest peak in North America is getting a name change.

Mt. McKinley is now known by its Koyukon Athabascan name, Denali, in an effort by President Obama to help strengthen ties with Alaskan natives and the government.

"This designation recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives," said a statement from the White House.

The president will formally announce the name change during his trip to Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has already signed a secretarial order officially changing the name.

President Obama will also discuss more initiatives during his trip to Alaska including an environmental engagement program for young Alaskans.

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Jay Paul/Getty Images(ROANOKE, Va.) -- A memorial service was held Sunday to remember two journalists who were tragically killed in Virginia.

The Roanoke Valley Symphony Orchestra played solemn songs as many gathered for an interfaith memorial service remembering Adam Ward and Alison Parker who were shot to death live on camera by a former co-worker.

The service was held at the Performance Arts Center in Roanoke, Virginia where WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks spoke about the importance of helping those with mental illnesses.

"Anger eats at you and the results we saw on Wednesday can be catastrophic," said Marks. "If we get strategic, we have a goal and the possibility of positive action. And that's what I'd like you to think about in memory of Alison and Adam."

Marks said he thought more needed to be done to help those suffering from mental illness.

"It should be obvious that it needs to be center stage, because most mental illness is treatable if we can get to the sufferer," said Marks. "In this case, we didn't."

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National Hurricane Center(HONOLULU) -- Three hurricanes are whirling in the Pacific.

Even though it's been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, Ignacio is forecast to hit the Big Island on Monday and Maui on Tuesday.

Its maximum sustained winds are at 115 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Another hurricane of note is Hurricane Jimena, which the NHC said is 1630 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii as of Sunday night. The NHC also said its currently a Category 4 with 145 mph maximum sustained winds, and may even become a Category 5 soon.

The third hurricane is Kilo, centered about 610 miles south of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds at 125 mph, making it a Category 3 according to the NHC.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect from Jimena or Kilo as of Sunday night.

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Chris Rogers/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A California bartender has won the lottery, all thanks to cash he found on the street.

After Hubert Tang picked up a $20 bill on the street outside the San Francisco airport Wednesday, he went to a market in San Mateo County, the California State Lottery said.

Tang hadn't played the lottery in 10 years, according to the Lottery. But he used the $20 to buy two tickets -- one of which was the lucky winner of the top prize -- $1 million.

“I scratched the ticket outside of the store," Tang said, according to the Lottery. "I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars.'

“Maybe I'll start leaving $20 bills on the street in random places," Tang said jokingly according to the Lottery.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  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.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced this afternoon that a man was in custody and facing a capital murder charge in connection with the deadly shooting. The suspect was identified as Shannon Miles, 30, who has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, Hickman said.

The motive has not been determined, Hickman said, adding that the shooting appeared to be unprovoked.

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

"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, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said.

"My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility," Kathleen Goforth said in a statement. "He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.

I admired his quality, perhaps, the most. For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."

She added, "However, it was I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend."

"He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News 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.

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Wavebreakmedia Ltd/iStock/ThinkStock(SEATTLE) -- A powerful storm system moved through parts of the northwest Saturday, leaving two dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Washington state.

A man was killed in Gig Harbor when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle reports. His 3-year-old daughter who was with him was uninjured.

Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey described what happened as heart-wrenching.

“A father was just taken from their child, husband taken from their wife," he said. "Certainly just a tragedy just out of nowhere."

In Federal Way, a falling branch killed a 10-year-old girl while she was outside playing, police told KOMO-TV.

Several energy companies said 450,000 customers were without power at various points of the day, reports KOMO-TV.

Although showers, storms and gusty winds will still be possible Sunday, the storm has pushed into Canada.

The threat for the gustiest winds will be in the northern Rockies, where there are still red flag warnings in effect from Eastern Idaho to Montana and Wyoming.

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aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(HARRIS COUNTY, T.X.) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with the ambush murder of a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy, authorities say.

Saturday afternoon, police in Houston announced they made an arrest of a suspect named Shannon J. Miles possibly involved in the shooting death of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth.

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.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said there was no motive yet, and they were not looking for any other suspects.

"It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer," Sherrif Hickman said earlier.

"I've been in law enforcement 45 years," said Hickman, according to ABC station KTRK-TV. "I don't recall another incident this cold blooded and cowardly."

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- South Florida prepares for the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika.

After Tropical Storm Erika dissipated over Cuba Saturdy morning, South Floridians prepared for the leftover heavy rain, flooding, and winds.

Florida Governor Rick Scott told residents they should stay alert, after declaring a state of emergency on Friday, and he said there's a possibility the storm could regain strength as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico.

"If you look at history, these storms, we still get a lot of rain," said the governor. "The Tampa area in particular is still saturated; so we still have some risk."

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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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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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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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