Sheriff James Cletus Goodwin

Sheriff James Cletus Goodwin

Spencer County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, October 28, 1973

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James Cletus Goodwin

Sheriff James Goodwin suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to apprehend two juvenile inmates who were escaping from the county jail.

As he heard the commotion, he ran downstairs and captured one of the juveniles in the street. He collapsed as he escorted the boy back inside.

Sheriff Goodwin had served with the Spencer County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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