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Monday, December 13, 2010

[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, her husband [Longview police 911 communications administrator Harry Goodan] charged with murder... 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 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...


FROM VIDEO:
"I just wanted to let the world know that my sister wanted all the good in the world for everyone. She was fair loving, and just. She left her son with more love than most of us could ever imagine. Our family needs your prayers very badly. You will be missed. I love you sis." - Julie Olson, Jamie's youngest sister.


DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE LEADS TO SHOOTING OF OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER
Full Longview Press Release
December 11, 2010
This morning at approximately 8:28 AM, officers were dispatched to a check welfare call in the 2100 block of Tryon Road. Upon arrival, officers determined the call to be a domestic disturbance, and found Longview Police Officer Jamie “Ellyn” Goodan age 38, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Her husband, Harry Goodan, was detained for questioning. Mr. Goodan was transported to the Gregg County jail and charged with murder. Mr. Goodan is also employed by the Police Department as the 911 Communications Administrator. This investigation is being continued by the Department with the assistance of the Gregg County District Attorney’s office. Further information may be released as it becomes available. Officer Goodan began her law enforcement career in law enforcement in 1995 as a Gregg County Jailer. In April, 1997, she became a reserve officer for the Longview Police Department and was hired as a full-time Officer in April, 1998. Officer Goodan received 29 commendations for her service to the community and to the Police Department throughout her career. She is survived by one son. We ask that you keep Officer Goodan’s family and the Longview Police Department in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. [LINK]

From Ellyn's Facebook page - Her current profile photo:

One of her Facebook entries that she posted:
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! - Dr. Suess
LONGVIEW POLICE OFFICER KILLED; HUSBAND CHARGED
The Marshall News Messenger
East Texas Community Newspapers
Christina Lane
December 11, 2010
[Excerpts] A Longview police communications administrator has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, a Longview police officer. Jamie "Ellyn" Goodan, 38, was found dead of a gunshot wound in her Towne Oaks apartment about 8:30 a.m. Saturday when police responded to a disturbance call... Her husband, Harry Goodan, 39, is in Gregg County Jail, charged with murder, according to the police department... Harry Goodan works as the 911 communications administrator at the Longview Police Department. The shooting stemmed from a domestic disturbance, police said... Police were dispatched to a welfare check call that turned out to be a domestic disturbance when they found Ellyn Goodan... Her husband Harry Goodan, 39, was questioned, then taken to the Gregg County Jail and charged with murder... Ellyn Goodan started her law enforcement career in 1995 at the Gregg County Jail. In April 1997, she became a reserve officer for the Longview Police Department, where she was hired as a full-time officer in April 1998. She received 29 commendations for her service to the community and the department throughout her career... Ellyn Goodan is survived by a son, Nicholas. "He was her life," neighbor Elfriede Hall, 86, said... In addition to working with the police department, Harry Goodan also served as the president-elect of the Texas Association of Public Safety Communications Officers... Longview police and the Gregg County District Attorney's office are conducting the investigation... [Full article here]

LONGVIEW POLICE OFFICER KILLED BY HUSBAND
cbs19.tv, KYTX
Posted: Dec 11, 2010 8:44 PM PST
Updated: Dec 12, 2010 10:53 AM PST
[Excerpts] "It's going to [be] bad for Nicholas growing up without a mother," said Linda Cannon. An off-duty Longview Police Officer is shot to death, leaving behind a 7-year-old son. Her husband is accused of killing her. Longview Police are mourning the loss of one of their this week. Investigators say 38- year-old officer Jamie Goodan, who went by the name Ellyn, was found dead in her home on Tryon Road in Longview at the Towne Oaks North Apartments this morning. "Officers were responding to a call asking to check into Goodan's welfare, when they encountered a heartbreaking discovery. Upon arrival officers determined the call to be a domestic disturbance call and found officer Ellyn Goodan deceased from a gunshot wound," said Longview Police Chief J.B. McCaleb. Officers detained her husband, Harry Goodan for questioning in the case. He is now charged with her murder. Investigators say her husband also works for the Longview Police Department as a 9-1-1 communications administrator. "I appreciate what a good friend she was to me," said Linda Cannon who lived across the parking lot from the Goodan household. She already misses her friend Police Officer Ellyn Goodan... Neighbors soon learned that it is her husband harry who is accused of shooting and killing Ellyn... [Full article here]

POLICE: LONGVIEW POLICE OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED BY HUSBAND
KLTV
By Bob Hallmark
Posted: Dec 11, 2010
[Excerpts] An East Texas police department is reeling tonight, after an off duty officer is found dead, her husband charged with murder. Police say the shooting happened around 8:30 A.M. at Towne Oaks apartments off the 2100 block of Tryon Road... A 13 year veteran, Goodan was a model officer, with 29 commendations... The shooting is being investigated by Longview Police and the Gregg County District Attorney's Office. Goodan began her law enforcement career in 1995 as a Gregg County jailer. We're told she is survived by her 8 year old son and three sisters. [Full article here]

FROM VIDEO:
"To me she was an angel. Ellyn, I miss you already."


FRIEND REMEMBERS FALLEN POLICE OFFICER
KLTV
By Bob Hallmark
Dec 12, 2010
[Excerpts] ...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," says Hall. The two had a friendship forged through years, 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 says. Neighbors say the Goodans were going through marital troubles. The day of the shooting , Hall knew something was wrong... Her thoughts are now with Gooden's son, Nicholas, who suffers from autism, and who was in the house at the time of the shooting. "How can his mind comprehend that," she says. 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," Hall says. [Full article here]



FATHER OF SLAIN OFFICER EXPRESSES COMPASSION FOR HER MURDERER
KLTV
By Jena Johnson
Posted: Dec 13, 2010
[Excerpts] ...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... 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... "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. [Full article here]


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19 comments:

  1. I do not understand Ellyn's family rushing to forgive her murderer.

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    1. you dont have to understand it. thats a miracle.

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    2. you dont have to understand dad's reasons. or my family. its a miracle we can forgive and try to move on. harboring hate hurts only yourself and doesnt bring her back.

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    3. you dont have to understand it. thats a miracle.

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  2. Mr. Rice lost his daughter and his son-in-law. He apparently loved them both very much. There's not much else that people outside of the situation need to understand about the papa. God be with him and with his grandson.

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    1. thank you. btw this is my birthday -- same day i had to help pick out her final clothes for our family viewing on the 14th.... -- so the more people out there that have positive things to say -- thank you

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  3. rushing to forgive her murder? what is wrong with you .. i grew up with mr goodans daughter .. & i was always over at ellyn & mr goodans house. mr goodan is one of the greatest men ive ever met. hes a good father & he was a good husband. ellyns family forgave him because it was truly a accident & they love him & they know the truth .. he would not purposely hurt his wife. why would he shoot his own wife who he loved dearly & leave his son without a mother?? you people are ridiculous. is anyone thinking about harry in this siuation .. hes locked up in jail for the accidental killing of his wife .. i can only imagine the guilt & pain & suffering he is feeling. before anyone goes talking about what they dont know .. maybe they should consider looking at both sides.

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    1. not an accident and i am both sides

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  4. accident? You point a loaded weapon at a person thats NO Accident! You pull the trigger on that loaded gun and KILL SOMEONE thats NO accident

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  5. It's hard for people who know them to process. Give them a little time.

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  6. I am Harry's cousin. I've known him all my life. I have never heard of him hurting anyone before. He was an outstanding member of the community as evidenced by his work with the PD and advocate for child protection. You people jump to conclusions. Her family is defending him because they know he is a good guy and would never purposely kill his wife.

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  7. Julie Olson/ RICEMarch 04, 2011

    I'M MAD. I don't know if I will ever loose my anger for Harry. I tried my best to be understanding and mature with the effect...but the cause is not understandable. The way she died was preventable, I believe 100%.
    I wasn't so aggressive towards Harry when he told me what happened that same day!!! In fact, all I really wanted was the truth. I remained that sad and inquisitive person until I was able to spend time with him in person. His demeanor was disappointing. I never saw any real remorse or heard any real sincereness with him taking her life. In fact, he was even more tacky than usual.-- Thats what made me mad... That plus his comments leading me to believe he will receive a slap on the wrist. - Im sickened.-- NOT the entire family is on Harry's side. I lost 3 people that day.I lost: MY SISTER, whom was like a MOTHER to me when I was small, AND MY FRIEND!!!!
    I was on your side the day before you killed her,I was trying to get her to stay with you, or at least be open minded to continuing on trying in your marriage.. Harry-i pitied you!!! -- I thought you were a good man.

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    1. ok.. one year later. i forgive you. I dont know what to say about what i wrote before. I know you have made changes in your life since that day. I know that my anger is gone. I know i want to be civil and try to make my family come closer together with you in it. I'm tired of living in anger. I just want the legalities done with and to have peace with whatever outcome happens.. and to put this to rest..

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  8. trial today....... you may do 10 years....... this is julie again... 3rd time...... ok....... im dead inside... how could you do what you did... and then do what youve done with ANOTHER SISTER of mine..?!@ OMG you are without guilt or boundaries.. god have mercy on me and my sister lisa... no you are laurie. may god deal with you both accordingly. i wanted to be without anger... god help me with this...... tonight you put on your jump suite and get the bars shut behind you for the first time..... after the evidence i heard privately......... thats the least that should happen.... but whom am i to judge.......bye.

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  9. Discovery clear. Planned murder. No struggle. She was in bathroom.. taking allergy meds. She screamed through broken window for terror..

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    1. If I can know more... cloudwriter@gmail.com

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    2. It's all very sad. My condolences to all the family and friends alike.

      Patrick Green

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  10. [TX] 911 boss beat down his police officer wife Jamie Ellyn Goodan before fatally shooting her
    http://behindthebluewall.blogspot.com/2010/12/tx-911-boss-beat-down-his-police.html

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