Town Marshal Donald R. Goodwin

Town Marshal Donald R. Goodwin

Fountain City Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, June 7, 1970

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Donald R. Goodwin

Marshal Donald Goodwin and Deputy Marshal William Peters were shot and killed during a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle from Kentucky.

The two males had burglarized a residence near Miller's Sunoco Station, at U.S. 27 and South Street, where they were stopped. A passer-by found the bodies of the officers at the closed gas station at 2:30 am. Marshal Goodwin was found slumped in the front seat of the patrol car and Deputy Marshal Peters was found lying on the ground nearby.

The offenders fled the scene, setting fire to the stolen vehicle a few miles away, but were eventually captured. One offender received a life sentence, while the other offender received a double-life sentence. In May 2006, the Indiana Parole Board denied parole to both offenders in separate hearings.

Marshal Goodwin had served with the Fountain City Police Department for three years. He and Deputy Marshal Peters were brothers-in-law.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 89F1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Sheriff Donald was my grandfather I never new , I was born in 1970 , my father is Arthur Eugene Goodwin , he passed away today sept 25th 2021 at 6 pm I've heard so many good story's about my grandfather , I've been to his memorial but was to young to remember it , I will go bk to see him again and lay flower for all fallen PD in ID my brother is named after my grandfather and myself after my father brother , I'm William Eugene Goodwin , and my brother Donald James Goodwin , and have a baby sister lori Ann Goodwin my grandfather and my father will be missed dearly

Grandson William Eugene Goodwin

September 25, 2021

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