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Hero Down: Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD Officer Mia Goodwin Fatally Struck By Tractor-Trailer During Crash Investigation

Charlotte, NC – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Officer Mia Goodwin died in the line of duty Wednesday when she was hit by a tractor-trailer while investigating a crash.

The incident began at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, when CMPD officers responded to a collision involving a tractor-trailer in the area of W.T. Harris Boulevard and Interstate 85, WSPA reported.

Officers were still on the scene at about 3:40 a.m. when two additional tractor-trailers collided with each other, sending one crashing into two nearby CMPD patrol vehicles, according to police.

Officer Sean Husk, Officer Jackson Buffington, and Officer Shannon Foster were all transported to the hospital with injuries, CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings told reporters later in the day.

They have all been released and are recovering at home.

Chief Jennings said Officer Goodwin was pronounced dead at the scene, WISTV reported.

The decision regarding whether or not charges will be filed in connection with the crash has not been made.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of @CMPD Officer Mia Goodwin,” Chief Jennings tweeted just hours after the fatal collision. “Officer Goodwin proudly served the University City Division. I ask for your thoughts and prayers for the family of Officer Goodwin and the CMPD family. Rest easy hero, we have watch from here.”

Officer Goodwin joined the CMPD in October of 2015, WISTV reported.

Her husband, Brenton, is a firefighter with the Charlotte Fire Department, Chief Jennings said.

The couple has three children, ages three, one, and four months old, WISTV reported.

Officer Goodwin had recently returned to work after being on maternity leave, the chief noted.

“Imagine trying to be a mother to three kids, a husband who is a firefighter – whose jobs and hours are just as demanding,” Chief Jennings continued, according to WCNC. “This profession is one that’s not for everyone. I do know that she knew it was for her. I know that she wanted to continue and make this a career and not just a job.”

Officer Goodwin’s law enforcement career was just beginning.

“She was an inspiring young woman who wanted to do more,” Chief Jennings said. “She loved the people around her, the people that she worked with.”

“The profession hurts. Our city hurts,” he told reporters.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a tweet that he has spoken with Chief Jennings to offer his support and sympathy.

“Our hearts are with the family, friends & Charlotte Mecklenburg PD on the loss of Officer Mia Goodwin,” Cooper wrote, adding that his is “grateful for officers who take risks every day to keep us safe.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Mia Goodwin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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