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Read Statement Obama Issued After Calling Widow of Texas Deputy Killed in Ambush

"This afternoon, on my way to Alaska, I called Kathleen Goforth, the widow of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth..."

Deputy Goforth and his family (Image source: KHOU-TV)

President Barack Obama called the widow of the Texas deputy who was killed in an ambush late-Friday night, offering condolences and saying she and her family were in his prayers.

Deputy Goforth and his family (Image source: KHOU-TV)

Here's the full statement from the president:

This afternoon, on my way to Alaska, I called Kathleen Goforth, the widow of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth - a veteran law enforcement officer who was contemptibly shot and killed over the weekend. On behalf of the American people, I offered Mrs. Goforth my condolences, and told her that Michelle and I would keep her and her family in our prayers. I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day. They put their lives on the line for our safety. Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable - an affront to civilized society. As I said in my State of the Union Address, 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.

Goforth was ambushed Friday night in what Sheriff Ron Hickman called an “unprovoked, execution-style killing.”

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