Patrolwoman Sherry Hopper Goodman

Patrolwoman Sherry Hopper Goodman

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, July 26, 1996

Sherry Hopper Goodman

Patrolwoman Sherry Goodman was shot and killed after arresting a man on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop. After securing the man in the back of her vehicle, her backup unit was diverted to another call. During the prisoner transport to the jail the suspect managed to produced a concealed handgun and shot Patrolwoman Goodman in the back of the head.

The suspect was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the summer of 1997.

Patrolwoman Goodman had served with the agency 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 w/out parole

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Wow. Tomorrow will be 20 years. I remember me, you, and Anita running around the range during recruit class while the SWAT Team made us flap our arms and yell "I'm a shit bird" when we screwed up. (Or didn't screw up. It didn't matter. They were going to pick on us anyway.) I remember standing next to your casket during the funeral and trying to keep it together. I couldn't. I remember training Ashley when she graduated recruit school. You would be so proud of her. I see you in her every time I see her. We still miss you and remember your smile around here.

Lt. Greg Dugard
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

July 25, 2016

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