Deputy Shoots at Alleged Drunk in DP

Sheriff's officials say the suspect charged at them on foot after a DUI Task Force pulled the local resident over. The round missed its target.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Story updated at 12:41 p.m. Sunday.

An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy shot and missed a 20-year-old Dana Point man as he charged on foot toward deputies who had set up a DUI Task Force in town.

Christian Tyler Goodwin has since been booked on suspicion of assault, resisting arrest and drunken driving.

At just before midnight Friday, deputies stopped Goodwin near Sea Terrace Street and Seabrook Drive, according to an OC Sheriff’s Department press release.

Goodwin “exited his vehicle and charged at the deputies,” according to the press release. “One of the deputies drew his duty weapon and fired one round at Goodwin. The round missed Goodwin and lodged in a nearby structure.”

No one was injured, the release states.

Orange County firefighters examined Goodwin at the scene and determined Goodwin had an elevated heartbeat, the press release says. So Goodwin was transported to a hospital.

He was booked Saturday morning on the suspicion of being under the influence of both drugs and alcohol, along with possible assualt and resisting arrest charges, according to the press release.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Jim Bo September 17, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Diane... I'm sorry but you're clueless. It was just before midnight so there isn't the best lighting and it would be hard to see if he was holding... Let's say a knife. Did you know that if a suspect is within 21 feet of an officer he car draw a knife, charge the officer, and slash him up before the officer can even draw his gun? Cops wear bullet proof vests that are meant to stop handgun fire. They are not knife proof. This officer had plenty of reason to fear that his life, or his partners life, was in imminent danger. In that situation deadly force is, as it very well should be, authorized.
Chris Elise September 18, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I am a resident of the apartment complex where this incident occurred and the story leaves out a lot of the details. This individual was peeling out up and down the roads of the complex. Many residents came outside to see what was going on and a few told the guy to knock it off. At this point the driver decided to try to hit the individuals and was driving his car into the direction of the residents and swerving to try to hit them when they were getting out of the way of the car. Cops were called to the complex to handle the situation.
Chuck Mayfield September 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Good job raising this one Mom & Dad.
Don Miller September 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Obviously...this story is not told in full. For sure, the young man should be detained and stopped from driving. But to raise a gun and shoot at a young man who had no drugs in his system and barely a 1.1 blood alcohol level. If this was my son or myself, id be asking...why did this "public safety officer" shoot at me? Not OK for cops to do this. Arrest the kid, yes, Shoot him ... Hell No! .
SonsOfLiberty September 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Hey these so called check points are illegal. Most of what law inforcement (AKA) PEACE OFFICERS (AKA) PUBLIC SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE do now days are in violation of civil and god given rights. How long before you realize cops are not trained to help you. They are being trained to fine you and put you in NOW corporate owned prisons. Which are being guaranteed 90+ percent occupancy. "WE GAVE YOU A REPBULIC NOW SEE IF YOU CAN KEEP IT" (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN)


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