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Guard Myron H. Goodwin | Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

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Myron H. Goodwin

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch: Thursday, October 10, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/3/1929

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Guard Goodwin died several days after being shot during a prison riot. He was shot through the lung and chest by a bullet from the gun of one of the leaders of the outbreak.

Guard Goodwin’s quick actions frustrated the convicts' attempt to break for freedom. He was stationed in Tower Number 1 at the southwest corner of the stonewall and threw away his keys and began firing when the attack started. He was shot and killed by the ringleader of the disturbance.

Prison officials credited Guard Goodwin's promptness in shooting down the ringleader with having stopped spread a general break by the 1200 inmates.

Guard Goodwin was survived by his wife and four sons.

Eight prison guards were killed when prisoners at the Colorado State Penitentiary rioted. A total of 2,000 rounds of ammunition were fired during the riot and large sections of the prison were destroyed by fire.

In addition to the eight guards, the rioting prisoners also murdered two inmates. Three of riot's ringleaders committed suicide.

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I grew up hearing stories about my great grandfather and his sacrifice. These stories were a primary influence in my decision to first a police Officer and then a corrections officer. May your sacrifice always be remembered.

Lyle Qualls
Great Grandson on my mother side.
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