Area law enforcement plan to join their brothers and sisters in blue Friday by turning on their overhead lights for one minute to remember slain Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth.

Goforth was killed last week as he was pumping gas.

Authorities say the man accused of the crime walked up to Goforth, shot him in the back of the head and then shot him 14 times as he fell to the ground.

Don Martin, Tyler Police Department public information officer, said he agency, as well as the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in East Texas, will join Gov. Greg Abbott’s call to stand together for Goforth by turning on their flashing red and blue lights for one minute beginning at 11 a.m. Friday.

Martin said Tyler officers and others will line their vehicles along the South Broadway Avenue side of Broadway Square Mall’s parking lot from On the Border restaurant to the main entrance, and all will put on their flashing lights.

“We want to show our solidarity,” he said.

Gov. Abbott said patrol cars will line the north drive of the Capitol at 11 a.m. Friday.

“Respect and pride in our law enforcement must be restored in this state and nation,” Abbott said. “It is time to unite in solidarity to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities. I ask that communities across Texas support this cause for unity and remember the essential role that law enforcement plays in keeping Texas safe and strong.”

Twitter: @KenDeanofTyler

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