Chief of Police P. A. "Tex" Goyne

Chief of Police P. A. "Tex" Goyne

New Salem Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Thursday, April 22, 1971

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P. A. "Tex" Goyne

Chief of Police Tex Goyne was shot and killed at 2:45 am by a man who was wanted for writing a bad check.

He attempted to arrest him during a traffic stop on the outskirts of New Salem. The man began to struggle and produced a .32 caliber handgun, which he used to fatally shot Chief Goyne. The man then committed suicide at the scene.

Chief Goyne had served with the New Salem Police Department for four years. He had previously served with the Beach Police Department, Dickson Police Department, Garrison Police Department, Riverdale Police Department, and Stark County Sheriff's Office for a total of 18 years. He was survived by his wife, five children, two brothers, and a sister.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

fraud, traffic stop, warrant service

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Chief Goyne,
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 New Salem. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 22, 2021

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