Chief of Police Punny Arthur "Tex" Goyne

Chief of Police Punny Arthur "Tex" Goyne

New Salem Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Thursday, April 22, 1971

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Punny Arthur "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,

You pulled me over on my bicycle when i was 9 for running a stop sign at the bottom of Sturn's Hill. Changed my life in many ways at that age. You wrote me a warning ticket. I learned respect for the law and that officers had heart that day. When you passed it made me mad and still does to this day! You were a great man and i still miss you!

Grant Hoovestol

Grant Hoovestol

September 28, 2023

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