A sex offender wanted by the Coffee County Sheriff's Office shot himself after being confronted by deputies Saturday morning. William Franklin Goodwin turned a gun on himself after pointing it at deputies inside a residence at Oak Park on Saturday.
The sheriff's office had been looking for Goodwin for failing to maintain the requirements of his sex offender status after moving from his registered address. He moved from the address with notifying the sheriff's office. Goodwin had bene convicted of multiple criminal sexual acts against a minor. He was also on probation and hadn't maintained the requirements of his probation. The sheriff's office had an arrest warrant for failure to register a change of address for a sex offender.
Saturday morning, deputies located Goodwin at a home in Oak Park. Officers went inside the home, where Goodwin was sleeping. They woke him and attempted to arrest him. Goodwin produced a gun and pointed it at the deputies. Reports differ on whether or not he fired at the officers. The deputies left the home. Shortly thereafter, Goodwin shot himself in the head. He was transferred to Jacksonville in very grave condition. Though still alive at the time of this writing, he is not expected to recover from his injuries. The sheriff's office contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; GBI officers responded to the scene to continue the investigation.
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