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Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 10:04 am, Mon Feb 28, 2011.

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 from a gunshot wound in her Towne Oaks apartment about 8:30 a.m. Saturday when police responded to a disturbance call, according to a statement from the police department.

Her husband, Harry Goodan, 39, is in Gregg County Jail, charged with murder, according to the police department. He is scheduled for arraignment today, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Arthur Fort said.

Harry Goodan works as the 911 communications administrator at the Longview Police Department.

The shooting stemmed from a domestic disturbance, police said.

Fort said he has ordered an autopsy and expects results in about a week.

Ellyn Goodan started her law enforcement career in 1995 at the Gregg County Jail as a jailer. 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, according to the police department.

“She was a good officer,” Fort said. “I had the opportunity to work with her on a lot of deaths and other things. She was always a very pleasant officer.”

Ellyn Goodan is survived by a son, Nicholas.

“He was her life,” neighbor Elfriede Hall, 86, said.

Hall met Goodan about a year ago when she called for an ambulance because she was having difficulty with high blood pressure.

Goodan heard the sirens and came to see what was happening. After that day, Hall and Goodan developed a close friendship.

“I just cannot believe this beautiful, young woman was torn from her life,” Hall said.

Hall’s daughter lives about 20 miles away, and Hall said she came to depend on Goodan. Ellyn, Harry and Nicholas became somewhat of a second-family to her, and she said she never noticed signs that anything like this would happen.

“I am still stunned,” she said.

Nicholas, who is autistic, kept the family together, she said.

“He was their world,” Hall said. “It is all so incomprehensible.”

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. Police said more information will be released as it becomes available.

Jimmy Isaac contributed to this report.

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