Sheriff
James Cletus Goodwin
Spencer County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, October 28, 1973

Age: 52
Served: 4 years
Badge #:
Panel 43W, Line 25
Panel L4, Line 11

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, October 28, 1973
09:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
120 North 2nd Street, Rockport
Incident County:
Spencer
Incident Township:
Ohio
Weapon Used:
Person
Suspect Disposition:
No charges filed
Burial Place:
James Parker Cemetery, Hatfield

   Sheriff James Goodwin suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to apprehend two juvenile inmates, being held on auto theft charges from Florida, as they were escaping from the Spencer County Jail.

   As he heard the commotion, Sheriff Goodwin ran down the stairs and captured one of the juveniles in the street. He collapsed as he escorted the boy back inside.

   Sheriff Goodwin was in his first term. He was survived by his wife, son, four daughters, four grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters.


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