Patrolwoman Sherry Hopper Goodman

Patrolwoman Sherry Hopper Goodman

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, July 26, 1996

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Sherry Hopper Goodman

Patrolwoman Sherry Goodman was shot and killed after arresting a man on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop.

During the prisoner transport to the jail, the subject managed to produced a concealed .38 caliber revolver and shot Patrolwoman Goodman in the back of the head near the intersection of Thomas Street and Weakley Avenue.

The 25-year-old suspect was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the summer of 1997.

Patrolwoman Goodman had served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for a little over four years. She is survived by her husband and two teenage children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 4 years, 2 months
  • Badge 3092

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop, transport, warrant service

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Deputy Goodman’s sacrifice for her community will not be forgotten. Even though it has been twenty-seven years since her passing, her memory still lives on in the hearts of her family and the people she served. We shall always remember and appreciate her bravery and commitment in keeping Shelby County safe.

To Deputy Goodman's family and friends in Blue, my thoughts are with you. I hope you can find strength and peace in the memories of her selfless service.

Her life truly mattered, and her impact on the community will always be treasured. Let her legacy continue to inspire others to serve and protect, making the world a better and safer place in her honor.

May she rest in peace, and I wish her family all the love and support during this time of remembrance.

Lt. Robert Hubbs (Ret)
Knoxville Police Department

July 26, 2023

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