Patrolman
Thomas Edward Goodwin
Goshen Police Department
Friday, December 11, 1998

Age: 31
Served: 8 years
Badge #: 102
Military Service:
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, December 11, 1998
10:15 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
61108 Old County Road 17, Goshen
Incident County:
Elkhart
Incident Township:
Elkhart
Weapon Used:
Rifle
Suspect Info:
Sentenced to life
Burial Location:
West Goshen Cemetery, Goshen

   Patrolman Thomas Goodwin was shot and killed after responding to a shooting call at the Brookside Manor Mobile Home Park. As Patrolman Goodwin was roping off an area as a crime scene the suspect appeared and opened fire, striking him in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

   The 22-year-old male suspect then holed up in his trailer for several hours, holding SWAT teams at bay. He was finally flushed out and arrested after tear gas was fired inside. In early 1999 the suspect was transferred to the Indiana State Mental Hospital in order to be evaluated for his ability to stand trial and on May 6, 2005 the suspect was sentenced to life in prison without parole.