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Patrolman John Goodin | Athens Police Department, Ohio Athens Police Department, Ohio


John Goodin

Athens Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 10, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 11/9/1970

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Patrolman John Goodin died eight hours after accidentally shooting himself with a 12 gauge shotgun.

He had just finished a training session and was going to assist other officers having problems near an off-campus university building complex. Patrolman Goodin and another officer were taking an unmarked car to the area. He opened the driver’s door of the patrol car and reached for the shotgun, grabbing it by the barrel. As he pulled it towards him the trigger caught on the VASCAR speed-checking unit mounted in the front seat and discharged. The blast struck him in the stomach, killing him.

Patrolman Goodin was survived by a wife and an 11-month-old son.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 10, 2010


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