Antioch man, a former Hercules police K-9 officer, arrested for attempted murder of estranged wife

John Goodner

John Goodner

By Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau Sergeant

On Wednesday, January 28, 215 at 2:03 AM, Antioch police officers heard gunshots in the area of W. 18th and A Streets. While attempting to locate the source of the gunfire APD dispatch received a 911 call from a female stating someone had just shot into her house through the front bedroom wall. She was awakened by the gunfire as she was sleeping in the bedroom when the shots came through.

The 48-year-old female was uninjured and relayed that she suspected the person responsible was her estranged husband, 47-year-old John Goodner, who is a retired Hercules police K-9 officer. Officers responded to Goodner’s residence in the 800 block of Putnam Street and made contact with him. Goodner did not immediately surrender and would not comply with the officers’ commands. He was eventually taken into custody with the assistance of a Police K-9 without further incident.

Through the ensuing investigation it was learned that Goodner had been stalking and threatening his estranged wife since their separation, and on this night he drove past her house and fired multiple shots into her bedroom.

Goodner was booked into the Martinez Main Detention Facility and the district attorney’s office has filed charges of Attempted Murder as well as one count each of Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Terrorist Threats and Stalking. Goodner is being held on $1,775,000 bail. No further information will be released at this time.

The Goodners have been married for four years and have five children, between them, all from previous marriages. He became a professional photographer, following his retirement.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Det. Vanderpool with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6988. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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2 Comments to “Antioch man, a former Hercules police K-9 officer, arrested for attempted murder of estranged wife”

  1. Arne says:

    WOW! This dude lived on my block and never saw him at all!! Now I know why!!!

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