Friend remembers fallen police officer

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An East Texas man is charged with the murder of his wife, an off duty police officer. 39-year old Harry Goodan was arraigned Sunday on murder charges. He's accused of shooting his wife, Longview police officer Jamie Ellyn Goodan. Officer Goodan was found shot to death in her apartment Saturday morning.

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.

"I couldn't believe it, no, then I saw all the police officers in the back of Ellyn's apartment, I said 'is it Ellyn?' he said yes, I said 'how bad is it,''She's gone,'" Hall says.

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.

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