Retired Hercules Cop Allegedly Used Tracking Device To Stalk Estranged Wife

ANTIOCH (BCN) – A retired Hercules police officer who is facing charges of attempted murder allegedly used a tracking device to stalk his estranged wife, a deputy district attorney said today.

John Goodner, 47, of Antioch, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 11 to charges of attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, terrorist threats and stalking, according to the district attorney’s office.

Deputy District Attorney Scott Cunnane said Goodner and his wife separated in March last year and she’s been having problems with him ever since, including finding a tracking device on her car.

She filed a restraining order on Jan. 23 after a threat on her life, Cunnane said.

“He was in the neighborhood and she asked him what he was doing there and told him to stay away from her property,” Cunnane said.

He told her he would kill her, Cunnane said.

Five days later, on Jan. 28, police were called to an Antioch home after receiving reports of gunshots fired into a bedroom.

The woman was asleep at the time and was not injured, police said. She reportedly told police she believed her estranged husband was responsible.

The officers went to Goodner’s home in the 800 block of Putnam Street, but police said Goodner did not immediately come out of the house or comply with the officers’ commands.

Police said he was eventually taken into custody with the help of a police dog.

He was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility and is being held on a $1.775 million bail.

Hercules police Detective Connie Van Putten said Goodner was hired in October 1994 and retired in March 2009. She declined to comment on his arrest.

Goodner is scheduled to appear in court on April 1.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6988.

(Copyright 2015, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)

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