Town Marshal
Donald R. Goodwin
Fountain City Police Department
Sunday, June 7, 1970

Age: 48
Served: 3 years
Badge #: 89F1
Military Service:
Panel 61E, Line 2
Panel L33, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, June 7, 1970
02:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 27 and South Street, Fountain City
Incident County:
Wayne
Incident Township:
New Garden
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Info:
Sentenced to life
Burial Location:
Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City

   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 where they were stopped. A passer-by found the bodies of the officers at the closed gas station. Marshal Goodwin was found slumped in the front seat of the patrol car and Deputy Marshal Peters was found laying 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 2016, the Indiana Parole Board denied parole to both offenders in separate hearings.

   Marshal Goodwin and Deputy Marshal Peters were brothers-in-law.