Following the "unprovoked, execution-style killing" of a Texas deputy who was filling up his cruiser at a gas station Friday night, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman had some words for the current Black Lives Matter movement.
"We've heard black lives matter, all lives matter. Well, cops' lives matter, too," he said Saturday afternoon, adding that the "dangerous rhetoric" against law enforcement has "gotten out of control."
#BlueLivesMatter. #BlackLivesMatter. All #LivesMatter. #HouNews— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 29, 2015
"This rhetoric is out of control. I know #BlackLivesMatter, so do our lives. Let's drop this and say '#AllLivesMatter'" @SheriffHickman— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 29, 2015
District Attorney Devon Anderson also spoke at the news conference with strong words, saying it is "time for the silent majority in the country to support law enforcement" and that there should not be "open warfare on law enforcement officers."
Watch Hickman's comments:
A house is being searched near the gas station where Deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed, shot and killed Friday around 8:30 p.m. after it was connected through a red or maroon pickup truck that officials were searching for.
As of Saturday afternoon, Hickman could only say it was "all speculation" as for the gunman's motive. Authorities were speaking to a man in connection with the fatal shooting of the uniformed deputy, calling him a person of interest.
Sheriff's office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said no one has been charged.
Hickman said at the news conference that they have collected "some evidence" and obtained surveillance video.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.
Gov. Greg Abbott said "heinous and deliberate crimes against law enforcement will not be tolerated in the State of Texas."
The governor said, "Texas reveres the men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve their communities."
He added that he knows local law enforcement "will work tirelessly to apprehend the killer and ensure justice for Deputy Goforth is served."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.