Officer Mia Goodwin
On December 22, 2021, shortly before 3:40 AM, Officer Mia Goodwin lost her life in the line of duty while assisting with traffic direction and control on the scene of a tractor-trailer truck crash on Interstate-85 near W.T. Harris Blvd. During this incident, a second crash involving two additional trucks occurred in the area, striking multiple CMPD patrol vehicles and Officer Goodwin. Three other officers were also injured and transported to the hospital for treatment.
Officer Goodwin was a six-year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and a member of the 172nd Recruit Class. She was assigned to the University City Division and was the first female officer in CMPD’s history to be killed in the line of duty. Officer Goodwin’s service to our community was honored by thousands of people through social media condolences, by paying respects at the University City Division office, and by attending the procession and memorial service. The service was held at First Baptist Church in downtown Charlotte with family, community members, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders from multiple states present.
Officer Goodwin, a Passaic, New Jersey native and a High Point University (NC) graduate, was 33 years old and came from a family of first responders. She is survived by her husband, Brenton Goodwin, a Charlotte firefighter, and their three young children: Two daughters (ages three and four months) and one son (age one).