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Deputy Collector Jerome E. Goodner | United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

Deputy Collector

Jerome E. Goodner

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 26, 1875

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Tennessee

Incident Date: 1/22/1875

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Never charged

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Deputy Collector Jerome Goodner succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained several days earlier when he was shot in DeKalb County, Tennessee, after seizing an illegal still.

He and a posseman had taken custody of the still as evidence from a group of moonshiners and were returning to Alexandria with it, but stopped at a home to sleep for the night. The group of moonshiners got reinforcements and a mob of 40 people confronted Deputy Collector Goodner and the posseman and demanded that he hand over the still and equipment.

Deputy Collector Goodner refused to hand it over. The next day he and the posseman were ambushed as they set off for Alexandria. Deputy Goodner was fatally wounded in the exchange of shots.

Deputy Collector Goodner was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters, and is buried at Eastview Cemetery in Alexandria, Texas.

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Deputy Collector Goodner,
On today, the 141st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a LEO but also when you served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
January 27, 2016

 

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