Patrolman Thomas Edward Goodwin

Patrolman Thomas Edward Goodwin

Goshen Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, December 11, 1998

Thomas Edward Goodwin

Patrolman Thomas Goodwin was shot and killed after responding to a shooting call at a mobile-home park.

As Patrolman Goodwin was roping off an area as a crime scene the suspect appeared and opened fire, striking him in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

The suspect then holed up in his trailer for several hours, holding SWAT teams at bay. He was finally flushed out and arrested after tear gas was fired inside. In early 1999 the suspect was transferred to the Indiana State Mental Hospital in order to be evaluated for his ability to stand trial and on May 6, 2005 the suspect was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Patrolman Goodwin was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Goshen Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 102
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Another year has come and gone.
Lisa and I are making plans to meet at your memorial ceremony tomorrow morning.
You are not forgotten, you never will be.
We miss you, my friend.

Officer David Zollinger
Goshen Police Department

December 10, 2014

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