Police Officer J. Carl Goodwin

Police Officer J. Carl Goodwin

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, June 15, 1918

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J. Carl Goodwin

Officer Goodwin was shot and killed by a man shortly after arresting a second man on a vagrancy warrant. Officer Goodwin had arrested the man in a boarding house, and as they walked onto the porch they encountered another man whom Officer Goodwin did not recognize. The suspect immediately produced a revolver and shot Officer Goodwin, killing him.

Officer Goodwin had been shot and wounded two years earlier, on February 26, 1916, in the same incident in which Chief of Police Thomas Wallace was killed.

Officer Goodwin was survived by his wife, son, and three brothers.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Here we are 100 years to the day, and you are celebrated for the sacrifice you made on that day long ago. May you always be remembered as the man who stood tall in the Thin Blue Line. Significantly, no remembrance of your assailant is known.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

June 15, 2018

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