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Town Marshal Donald R. Goodwin | Fountain City Police Department, Indiana Fountain City Police Department, Indiana

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Donald R. Goodwin

Fountain City Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, June 7, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 89F1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Marshal Donald Goodwin and Deputy Marshal William Peters were shot and killed during a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle from Kentucky.

The two males had burglarized a residence near Miller's Sunoco Station, at U.S. 27 and South Street, where they were stopped. A passer-by found the bodies of the officers at the closed gas station at 2:30 am. Marshal Goodwin was found slumped in the front seat of the patrol car and Deputy Marshal Peters was found laying on the ground nearby.

The offenders fled the scene, setting fire to the stolen vehicle a few miles away, but were eventually captured. One offender received a life sentence, while the other offender received a double-life sentence. In May 2006, the Indiana Parole Board denied parole to both offenders in separate hearings.

Marshal Goodwin had served with the Fountain City Police Department for three years. He and Deputy Marshal Peters were brothers-in-law.

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Deputy Marshal William P. Peters
Fountain City Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Sunday, June 7, 1970
Cause: Gunfire

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In your memory I wear your shield 89F1 and honor your sacrifices for the community of Fountain City. I made a point to raise a flag to fly over your memorial always to remind the community. You are never forgotten and always honored.

CHIEF Aron Tutt
Fountain City Police
January 29, 2016

 

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