Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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.