Deputy Marshal
William Grayden Peters
Fountain City Police Department
Sunday, June 7, 1970

Age: 51
Served: 4 years
Badge #: 89F2
Military Service:
Panel 40E, Line 10
Panel L14, Line 6

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:
.22-caliber handgun
Suspect Info:
Sentenced to life
Burial Location:
Saloma Cemetery, Saloma, Kentucky

   Deputy Marshal William Peters and Marshal Donald Goodwin 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.

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