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Correction Officer Jesse F. Goodwin | Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Correction Officer

Jesse F. Goodwin

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, July 14, 1890

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: one killed; one unknown

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Two convicts at the Butterfield State Coaling Camp near Alto in Cherokee County (managed by the Texas Prison System as a work camp) shot and mortally wounded Guard Jesse Goodwin. Goodwin was left alone in charge of the camp hospital. The guards and convicts were all out on work details. One of the convicts in the hospital had been supplied a pistol from the outside. When Goodwin entered the hospital the convict leveled his pistol at the guard and demanded the guard’s pistol. Goodwin refused to surrender his weapon and the convict shot him. Goodwin ran outside. A trusty fired a shotgun at Goodwin, striking him with buckshot in the legs and hip. The two convicts fled to the woods with the weapons. One convict was shot and killed by a posse of guards and the dispostion of the other convict is unknown.

Jesse Goodwin died two days later with his father and sister at his side. His body was returned to Hempstead in Waller County for burial. Goodwin was between 19-21 years of age at the time of his death. No spouse or children were indicated.

On June 30, 1890, escaping convicts had murdered Guard Benjamin Williamson at the same prison coal camp.

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Rest in Peace Corrections Officer Jessie F. Goodwin. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 17, 2016


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