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Report sheds light on struggle that led to police officer's death

By Glenn Evans
Dec. 17, 2010 at 6 p.m.


A man charged with the shooting death of his police officer wife admitted to striking her to the ground, but told officers he did not know how he got her gun and shot her.

Longview police officer Jamie "Ellyn" Goodan died this past Saturday morning of a gunshot wound to the head, a preliminary autopsy report shows. Her husband, 911 Administrator Harry Goodan, remained Friday in the Gregg County Jail on $500,000 bond attached to a murder charge.

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.

It also says Sgt. Richard Spruiell spoke with Goodan in the kitchen before driving him to the Longview Police Department.

Spruiell was Goodan's shift supervisor.

The report lists the nature of the 8:28 a.m. call to the couple's Tryon Road home in Towne Oaks North Apartment unit as "murder and non-negligent manslaughter."

Longview police and the Gregg County District Attorney's Office continued their investigation Friday.

On Thursday, Ellyn Goodan was buried after a ceremony at Mobberly Baptist Church.

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