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Sunday, December 19, 2010

[TX] 911 boss beat down his police officer wife Jamie Ellyn Goodan before fatally shooting her

Longview 911 boss Harry Goodan assaulted his wife, Longview Police Officer Jamie "Ellyn" Goodan, before fatally shooting her with her own gun.

...She received 29 commendations for her service to the community and the department throughout her career... Although Ellyn Goodan had a distinguished career as a police officer, friends and family said her greatest accomplishment was she was an extraordinary, loving and thoughtful mother to her special needs son Nicholas...


...The new offense report released this week says the two were in a physical fight involving hands, feet, and fists, that led to her death. In the report, Harry Goodan says he hit his wife a couple of times, knocking her to the ground. The report goes on to say Goodan told police he didn't know how they got to their bathroom, but he ended up with her gun, and he shot her during the fight...

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[TX] Murdered at home: Longview Police Officer Jamie “Ellyn” Rice Goodan - ...An East Texas police department is reeling tonight, after an off duty officer [Longview police officer Jamie "Ellyn" Goodan] is found dead... Ellyn Goodan is survived by a son, Nicholas... Nick is autistic, and was home during the shooting... "He was her life," neighbor Elfriede Hall, 86, said... As police now wear black bands over their badges in Goodans memory, Hall remembers an extraordinary person, a woman who meant the world to her. "To me she was an angel. Ellyn, I miss you already"... Neighbors say the Goodans were going through marital troubles. The day of the shooting , Hall knew something was wrong...


UPDATE: New details in shooting of Longview Police Officer
KETKNBC
By Casey Claiborne
Saturday, December 18, 2010
[Excerpts] Law enforcement from across East Texas paid respects to Longview Police Officer Jamie "Ellyn" Goodan earlier this week. After 15 years in law enforcement and 29 commendations for her service, 38-year-old Goodan was shot dead in her apartment last Saturday... Her husband, Harry Goodan also works for the Longview Police as the 911 communications administrator...The new offense report released this week says the two were in a physical fight involving hands, feet, and fists, that led to Goodan's death. In the report, Harry Goodan says he hit his wife a couple of times, knocking her to the ground. The report goes on to say Goodan told police he didn't know how they got to their bathroom, but he ended up with her gun, and he shot her during the fight... [Full article here]


Peers, family, offer final salute for slain police officer and mother
Longview News-Journal
By Robyn Claridy
Dec 17, 2010.
[Excerpts] City officials, friends and family members shuffled into Mobberly Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon to honor Longview police officer Jamie “Ellyn” Goodan... [Ellyn Goodan’s day shift supervisor, Sgt. Richard] Spruiell described Ellyn Goodan as a woman who loved her family, a person who was easy to get along with and an officer who excelled at her job. “Of course everyone is unique in their own way, but officer Goodan was very good at knowing everything about her beat, and people involved in activities in her area,” Spruiell said. Ellyn Goodan’s beat was near her home in the 2100 block of Tryon Road — Beat 20. Spruiell said he talked to her the day before she was killed when she was in the office taking care of work from her beat. A small army of uniformed officers attended the funeral... Goodan began her career in 1995 as a Gregg County jailer... She received 29 commendations for her service to the community and the department throughout her career... Although Ellyn Goodan had a distinguished career as a police officer, friends and family said her greatest accomplishment was she was an extraordinary, loving and thoughtful mother to her special needs son Nicholas. Ellyn Goodan also is survived by her parents, Jim and Leslie Rice of Gladewater; sisters, Laurie Selph of Mena, Ark., Lisa Pope of Diana and Julie Olson of Gladewater; and grandmother, Joyce Boldrick of LaJolla, Calif... [Full article here]



Report sheds light on struggle that led to police officer's death
Longview News-Journal
By Glenn Evans
Dec 18, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Longview police on Friday released a portion of the offense report Officer Lisa Chatterton filed after Harry Goodan summoned authorities to the couple’s home to report his wife’s death. More than 90 percent of Chatterton’s narrative was blacked out by police, who cite their ongoing investigation as an exception to the Texas Open Records Law. What remains uncovered confirms much of previous police statements, including that Goodan immediately told responding officers he had shot his wife. It also reports the couple struggled in their bathroom, with Goodan striking his wife “a couple of times,” knocking her down. “He said he did not know how they ended up in their bathroom,” the report continues, “but he ended up with her gun, and he shot her during the fight.” The report indicates the physical struggle involved both hands and feet... On Thursday, Ellyn Goodan was buried after a ceremony at Mobberly Baptist Church. [Full article here]
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6 comments:

  1. Man accused of killing Longview police officer wife released from jail
    Posted: Jan 25, 2011 12:42 PM PST

    LONGVIEW (KYTX) -- Harry Goodan, who stands accused of killing his wife, a Longview police officer, has been released from jail.

    Goodan was released Tuesday on a $75,000 bond. His bond was lowered from $500,000 in early January.

    Goodan is under house arrest at night as part of the condition of his released. He will undergo electronic monitoring at his home, and cannot possess firearms, alcohol or illegal drugs and will report to pre-trial services once a week.

    http://www.cbs19.tv/Global/story.asp?S=13905897

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  2. FATHER OF SLAIN OFFICER FORGIVES SUSPECTED KILLER
    kltv.com
    By Jena Johnson
    Posted by Elizabeth Thomas
    Posted: Dec 13, 2010 4:42 PM PST
    Updated: Dec 15, 2010 7:52 AM PST

    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – There are new details about the murder of Longview Police Officer Jamie Ellyn Goodan, who was shot and killed in her home Saturday morning. Her husband, Harry Goodan, has been charged with her murder.

    According to the arrest affidavit released Monday, Harry called police and told them he had just killed his wife. Authorities say when they arrived, Harry invited them in the home, and told them again that he had just killed Ellyn.

    Ellyn's father, Jim Rice, says he does not believe his son-in-law could do this, and that he has forgiven Harry.

    "I have no animosity against Harry…," Rice explained. "I respect him and love him as a father-in-law could love a son-in-law."

    Even in his own suffering, Rice says he's also grieving for his son-in-law.

    "I've always had the highest respect for Harry that I've had for anyone," Rice expressed. What can I say? You don't lose that because of an incident where even the tragedy of losing your own daughter. That can't erase what Harry is or who he is. He's still a loving person."

    Rice says his daughter's marriage to Harry was failing. He says even in their disagreements, Harry would never intentionally hurt his daughter.

    "I think it escalated to a point to where that's what happened. I know that he would never come out and do anything intentional to his wife because he's lost his whole world," said Rice.

    Rice explained that what hurts the most, is knowing his 8-year-old grandson, Nick, has lost both of his parents.

    Nick is autistic, and was home during the shooting.

    Rice tells KLTV "One of the things that broke my heart when he first came in the house, what he said to my wife was ‘I'm sorry you lost your daughter.'"

    Monday, as Rice makes arrangements to bury his daughter, he still has compassion for the man accused of taking her life. "If Harry needs a character witness for his trial, I'll be happy to stand up for him."

    Harry Goodan remains under suicide watch in the Gregg County Jail, on a $500,000 bond.

    http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13666989

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  3. Bond lowered for husband accused of killing police officer wife
    Posted: Jan 07, 2011 11:59 AM PST

    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The husband who shot and killed his Longview police officer wife has had his bond significantly lowered .

    In a court document released to KLTV by Judge David Brabham, Harry Goodan's bond has been lowered from $500,000 to $75,000, with some stipulations attached.

    According to the document, a bond hearing was held on January 4th. During the hearing, the defense called two witnesses, Jimmy Rice, father-in-law of Harry Goodan and Jonna Goodan, his ex-wife.

    As part of the conditions for the lower bond, Mr. Goodan will remain at his residence from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. everyday unless given permission otherwise by pre-trial services. He will also have an electronic monitoring device installed at his residence and will not possess any firearms or alcohol or illegal drugs.

    Mr. Goodan will report to pre-trial services once a week.

    Mr. Goodan will remain in the Gregg County Jail until arrangements are made for the installation of the electronic monitoring equipment, at which time the court will notify the Sheriff's Department

    http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13803785

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  4. GOODAN TRIAL RESET FOR NOVEMBER
    Longview News-Journal
    By Richard Yeakley
    Posted Thursday, June 21, 2012
    [Excerpts] The trial date for a former Longview 911 supervisor charged with killing his police officer wife nearly two-and-a-half years ago has been reset for a third time. Harry Goodan, 41, was arrested in December 2010 after he called police to his home claiming that he had killed his wife, Ellyn Goodan... Goodan was originally set for a March trial date, which was postponed until Monday. The trial now is scheduled to begin Nov. 26... Goodan faces up to life in prison on the murder charge in 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles’ courtroom. Goodan was freed in January 2011 after his initial $500,000 bond was reduced to $75,000. Ellyn Goodan’s father, Jimmy Rice, and his ex-wife, Jonna Goodan, testified in Goodan’s favor during the bond reduction hearing... Among the stipulations tied to Goodan’s release are that he must remain home between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily; he is barred from possessing a gun, alcohol or illegal drugs; he must wear a monitoring device at all times; and he must report weekly to authorities.
    http://www.news-journal.comnewslocalgoodan-trial-reset-for-novemberarticle_41d69cce-bbd4-585e-880f-db7a69b3b1b5.html

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    ...Its funny how he is out on 75,000 dollar bond for killing a police officer and the african american guys who did the shooting on May 15th have a 500,000 dollar bond.His trial has been pushed back yet again to November, which will be 2 years later.Thats the criminal justice system in longview for you.This guy killed a POLICE OFFICER and he's gonna get away with it.If the young guys would've did the same thing they would be sitting in Huntsville waiting on the needle.I'm not saying that the kids are innocent,but how can this guy who committed a crime of this magnitude get these kind of breaks all the way around.I thought that was a capital offense,but i guess not in longview...

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  5. ETX man gets 20 years for murdering his wife, a police officer
    Posted: Jan 10, 2013 2:17 PM PST
    Updated: Mar 11, 2013 2:17 PM PDT
    By Michael Thompson

    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man has plead guilty to the murder of his wife, an off duty police officer.

    Harry Goodan was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday afternoon. He's accused of shooting his wife, Longview police officer Jamie Ellyn Goodan. Officer Goodan was found shot to death in her apartment in December 2010.

    Ellyn's father, Jim Price, told us in December 2010 that the family forgave Harry Goodan, and that the Harry he knew would never intentionally hurt his daughter.

    "No, no, no, no. I would never see Harry as intentionally doing this at all, but when you're in a married situation and their marriage was failing. He realized that he didn't want to lose his wife or his family," Price said."When you get in that situation and you're arguing with your loved one nothing brings out your temper or anger better than in a battle with someone you love. I think it escalated to a point to where that's what happened. I know that he would never come out and do anything intentional to his wife he because he's lost his whole world."

    No one could be more devastated by officer Jamie Ellyn Goodan's death than her close friend and neighbor Elfriede Hall.

    "Since we've become friends , we visited frequently. I think every woman needs a lady friend to talk to. I probably more or less was her grandmother," Hall said.

    The two had a friendship forged through years, with Goodan often caring for Hall when she was ill.

    "I would call Ellyn and she would be here in no time, and she would sit with me for hours. She was so thoughtful and she cared for people," she said.

    Neighbors said the Goodans were going through marital troubles. The day of the shooting, Hall knew something was wrong.

    "I couldn't believe it. Then I saw all the police officers in the back of Ellyn's apartment. I said, 'is it Ellyn?' He said, 'Yes.' I asked, 'how bad is it?' He said, 'She's gone,'" Hall said.

    Goodan will be eligible for parole after 10 years. He will also get credit for time served.

    http://www.kltv.com/story/20557434/etx-man-gets-20-years-for-murdering-his-wife-a-police-officer

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