Patrolman John Goodin

Patrolman John Goodin

Athens Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, November 10, 1970

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John Goodin

Patrolman John Goodin died eight hours after accidentally shooting himself with a 12 gauge shotgun.

He had just finished a training session and was going to assist other officers having problems near an off-campus university building complex. Patrolman Goodin and another officer were taking an unmarked car to the area. He opened the driver’s door of the patrol car and reached for the shotgun, grabbing it by the barrel. As he pulled it towards him the trigger caught on the VASCAR speed-checking unit mounted in the front seat and discharged. The blast struck him in the stomach, killing him.

Patrolman Goodin was survived by a wife and an 11-month-old son.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Monday, November 9, 1970

accidental discharge

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Patrolman Goodin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Athens. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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