Father of slain officer forgives suspected killer

Harry Goodan. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail
Harry Goodan. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail
Jamie Goodan. Photo Source: Longview Police Department
Jamie Goodan. Photo Source: Longview Police Department

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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.


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