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Memphis, Tennessee â
July 20, 2015 â
On July 18, 2015, Troy Goode died after being arre
sted by the
Desoto County Sheriff's Department. Mr. Goode was a 30-year-old chemical engine
er, a devoted
husband, and a loving father of a 15-month-old son.
Troy attended Christian Brothers University, where he received a Bachelors of Sc
ience in Chemical
Engineering with honors. After graduating from CBU, Troy worked for nexAir, a l
ocal industrial supply
company. As a plant engineer, Troy custom-designed a 3,500 square-foot hydrogen
gas plant operating in
Memphis. Troy was an animal lover and often volunteered his time working for lo
cal charities such as the
Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County.
On July 18, 2015, at around 7:45 p.m., Troy was arrested by the Southaven
department, apparently
for disorderly conduct. According to eyewitnesses, Troy was held down by
le police officers and
hogtied. After paramedics arrived, Southaven police strapped Troy onto a
her face-down and still
hogtied. Troy was then transferred by police away from the scene, and he
entually taken to Baptist
Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

was ev

At around 9:00 p.m., family members who called Baptist were informed Troy was in
stable condition, but
that they would be arrested for obstruction of justice if they came to the hospi
tal to check on him. Less
than an hour later at 9:56 p.m., an employee of Baptist called Troy's wife, Kell
i Goode, and informed her
that Troy had passed away.
The family has retained Ballin, Ballin & Fishman. The family's attorneys are ac
tively investigating Troy's
arrest to determine exactly what caused the death of an active, healthy, 30-year
-old man. The attorneys
are concerned with the amount of force used in Troy's arrest and troubled by the
police officers' conduct
toward his family and the public. Eyewitnesses to Troy's arrest have confirmed
that Mr. Goode was
hogtied. Eyewitnesses have also stated that Troy was saying, "I can't breathe"
while strapped face-down
to the stretcher. The attorneys are aware of at least two cell-phone videos tak
en by bystanders at the
scene. According to eyewitnesses, officers threatened to arrest anyone taking c
ell phone footage of Troy's
arrest or the restraints being used by police. Attorneys for the family ask tha
t anyone with a cell phone
video or anyone who may have information about Troy's arrest or death contact Ba
llin, Ballin & Fishman.
Tim Edwards and Kevin McCormack, the familyâ s attorneys, are sending a letter today
requesting that the
Mississippi Attorney General conduct an investigation into Troy's death and the
conduct of the officers

involved. The familyâ s attorneys are also requesting that the United States Departm
ent of Justice
investigate the use of force by the Southaven Police Department.
Kevin McCormack
Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, P.C.
(901) 525-6278
200 Jefferson Ave., Suite 1250
Memphis, TN 38103