Acting Chief John Delaney Godwin Jr.

Acting Chief John Delaney Godwin Jr.

Orange Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, August 11, 1935

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John Delaney Godwin Jr.

Chief Godwin was shot and killed at 9:30 p.m. on Green Avenue between Fourth and Third Streets when he attempted to arrest two escaped convicts.

The suspect who shot Chief Godwin ran, but was apprehended in Louisanna after kidnapping a couple and forcing them to drive him there. He was returned to Texas and sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Godwin had been with the agency for five months and was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 10, 1935
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest, escapee

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Rest in Peace Chief John D. Godwin Jr.. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Orange, Texas

I Pray for Peace for your Families, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you burn forever in hell. You are not forgotten.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 11, 2016

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