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 (2007)

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:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
No charges filed
Burial Place:
James Parker Cemetery, Hatfield

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   Sheriff James Goodwin suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to apprehend two 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 when he saw the 17- and 20-year-old male inmates and captured one of them in the street. He collapsed as he escorted the juvenile back inside before being taken to Owensboro Daviess County Hospital in Kentucky where he died.

   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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