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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 2/25/2012 

 Polk County Investigating Deputy Involved Shooting-Deputy Uninjured 

“This is another example of the dangers our deputies face on a daily basis,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “Deputy Durrance responded to a call for help and faced an armed and dangerous suspect instead.  This very violent and unstable man intended to harm himself and anyone who tried to stop him.”

At approximately 8:36 pm, on Friday, February 24, 2012, 20-year-old Deputy Jacob Durrance, hired 1/21/2011, and assigned to the Southeast District Patrol Division, responded to 6362 Beechwood Avenue, Lake Wales in reference to call reporting a neighbor’s son was out of control and threatening to kill himself with a knife.

When Deputy Durrance arrived, he was met in the roadway, in front of the residence, by Barbara Lawrence who told Deputy Durrance her son, 43-year-old Robert Goodwin, DOB 07/30/1968, was inside their residence breaking and destroying things. She also reported her son had a knife and was threatening to harm himself.

Deputy Durrance could hear noises coming from inside the residence.  As he approached the front door of the residence, 25-year-old PCSO Chaplin Daniel Woolman, who was riding with Deputy Durrance for the evening, stood with Lawrence.

Deputy Durrance attempted to make contact with Goodwin at the front door of the residence and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. Deputy Durrance could hear Goodwin moving around inside the residence, but Goodwin refused to answer the door. Deputy Durrance then entered the porch area of the residence and attempted once again to make contact with Goodwin. Deputy Durrance stood in front of an open sliding glass door and asked Goodwin to come outside and speak with him. Deputy Durrance then saw Goodwin running at him armed with a large knife. Deputy Durrance ordered Goodwin to drop the knife twice, but Goodwin continued to charge at Deputy Durrance. Deputy Durrance fired several shots and Goodwin fell to the floor.  After being shot, Goodwin demanded that Deputy Durrance shoot him again.

Deputy Durrance was uninjured.  Emergency Medical personnel responded and Goodwin was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.  Goodwin is listed in in critical but stable condition. He faces charges of Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer with a Weapon.

Lawrence, Goodwin’s mother, told detectives Goodwin has a master’s degree and was a licensed clinical psychologist when he lived in Idaho and California.  Lawrence also told detectives her son has a history of suicide attempts and has been Baker Acted multiple times over the past four or five years.  His most recent attempt was approximately four weeks ago after intentionally overdosing on sleeping medications.

Through the investigation, detectives learned that Lawrence had left the residence to run errands leaving Goodwin at home. While she was away, Lawrence received a call from her neighbor saying there were loud noises coming from her home and it sounded like her son was destroying things. Lawrence returned home and found her son very angry and her house in disarray.  She told her son she was calling law enforcement.  Goodwin then broke Lawrence’s cell phone, shoved his mother and placed his hands around her neck.  Lawrence was able to flee to a neighbor’s house and law enforcement was contacted.

Goodwin’s criminal arrest history is as follows:


05/07/08 – DUI, Receive stolen property and vehicle theft

09/04/08- Possession of a stolen vehicle, DUI, and Grand theft


11/20/09 – FTA (PCSO)

02/26/10- DUI (PCSO)

05/03/10 – DWLSR (PCSO)

Deputy Durrance was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

It is the standard PCSO policy for mandated, independent investigations to be conducted.  The PCSO Administrative Investigations Section is currently conducting an internal administrative review.  The PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations is conducting an investigation of the shooting. The State Attorney's Office for the 10th Judicial Circuit, which had a representative on scene last night, will also conduct a review the investigation.  

Goodwin's 2010 Booking Photo