Butler County sheriff’s deputy terminated following domestic violence charge

Published 3:39 pm Monday, January 29, 2018

A deputy with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated due to his arrest Friday.

The Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office charged Matthew Garrett Goodson, 22, with third-degree domestic violence (assault) and child endangerment and domestic violence by strangulation at approximately 3 a.m. Friday morning, according to Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden.

“The sheriff of Crenshaw County called me [Friday] morning at around 4:30 a.m. and advised me that they had arrested [Goodson] on a domestic violence charge,” Harden said.

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“And so I terminated him that morning. One thing I’m not going to tolerate is deputies breaking the law.”

Goodson had been a deputy with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office since August, Harden added.

This story will be updated with more information as it is made available.