Michael Goodner: Man Killed by 70-Year-Old Montrose Neighbor Knew All About Violent Montrose Neighbors

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Trouble with the neighbors.
Houston police say no charges have been filed in the shooting death of Michael Goodner, 38, Friday evening.

Goodner was shot in the chest by a 70-year-old man in the 1300 block of Pierce, but HPD says it will confer with the District Attorney's office about a criminal case.

"Mr. Goodner and the elderly male got into an altercation in which Goodner assaulted the older male," police said. "The male told investigators that knowing the violent history of Goodner, and fearing for his life, he pulled a gun and fatally shot Goodner."

Oddly enough, it's not the first time Goodner made the news in connection with violent Montrose disputes.

In 2008 we wrote about a Montrose man who had long feared his neighbor and was eventually killed by him.

In "A Montrose Man's Panic Room Wasn't Enough," Randall Patterson described the tense relationship between Whitt Bruney and neighbor David Earl Brown, who was known to threaten people with guns.

Brown eventually shot and killed Bruney. Goodner played a role in the story:

The 57-year-old man who lives there, David Earl Brown, would not speak for the purposes of this story, but no matter. His neighbors remember him well. Michael Goodner, the young artist who occupies the upper left apartment now, recalls waking in the middle of the night about a year ago to find floodlights blazing into his room and a large industrial vacuum cleaner, placed against the fence, running at high volume. Looking down, he saw Brown pacing the property next door with a pistol in his hand. "If I can't sleep," said Brown, "no one sleeps!"

Goodner chose, in that moment, to attend to his neighbor's needs. Brown, it seemed, was a light sleeper, very sensitive to noise, and though Goodner never heard the noises that disturbed Brown, he began asking his fellow renters to be considerate of the neighbor and keep it down. He urged them especially to be quiet in the hour after 11:30 a.m., when he learned Brown enjoyed a nap. Such was Goodner's solicitude that every few days he even inquired whether the neighbor found everything to his satisfaction, and certainly his neighbor did, and brought Goodner, on his birthday, a key lime pie and a bottle of wine.

Goodner learned only the barest details about Brown -- that he was retired from something or other, that he lived with his boyfriend next door and shared, with Goodner, a passion for firearms.

KTRK quoted Goodner after the 2008 shooting. "'What was so bad that you needed to resort to that? It just didn't make sense,' said eyewitness Michael Goodner."

Brown was allowed to live in his apartment pending trial.

Learning this, [Eric] Mees and another resident of 1320 [Pierce], an elderly invalid, moved out after the killing. A fourth renter in the four-plex, another artist, stayed where he was along with Goodner, who had decided that Brown was perhaps not such a good friend after all. Determined not to let the rain wash away what Brown had done, Goodner painted in the chalk outline of Bruney's body on the driveway. He was seen marching around West Pierce Avenue in full camouflage, toting his deer rifle, and was also heard shouting at Brown whenever the neighbor rolled out his trash.

Court records show Goodner had an active warrant for bond forfeiture from a recent DWI. He also had an assault conviction about ten years ago.

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Staci Odom
Staci Odom

self proclaimed ultimate fighting league cage fighter.  It was like he had a chip on his shoulder, Some people thought he wa a very deranged and dangerious person.And he was.HE was always asking to spar without pads or any safty equipment and was very agressave. He even scared me at times and I would leave and come back  after a while. We had an  altercation when I first time we me  I Love Randy and I know He will always help the downtroden

'SELECT
'SELECT

Staci Odom, your words are without meaning or,purpose. If your intent is to get on the internet and make what you believe tobe anonymous comments, I must remind you that, you are not so anonymous. Remember,you are not too far from reach.

Speaking of..

Lonnie (PokeysWrath),

            Youhave made serious and, misleading comments. You say, "Goodner was Randy'slover", yet, Jenifer was his girlfriend for a short time and, even statesit in her comments above. I would advise that you contact Mr. Goodner and/orthe police in regards to what may be your testimony, whether you would like itto or not.   

Monte_goodner
Monte_goodner

Dear All:

Michael's father here, again.

I have only one account of the foregoing espisodes on which to rely and, that account is that Michael had become totally consumed by drugs and that he became, over time, a terrible bully who either threatened or accosted upwards of thirty different people; that he twice beat-up his elderly neighbor, Bert; that he then accosted Randy.

I heard from Michael so rarely.  Even more rare was the all-too-few sightings when he showed-up at my home to visit or to help me with the many never-ending projects that we take-on out here in the boonies where we live.  I miss seeing him out in the pastures with my animals.  I miss his off-the-wall humor.

The violent and reckless Michael described in the only account we have is not the Michael we knew.  He was definitely fearless, but being fearless, if not even foolish in the fighting ring is one thing; to have been violent against others and a bully even to the extent of beating-up a frail old man outside of the ring is yet another.

I only want the truth.  If the truth is that Michael spiralled downward into total and constant use of drugs and became the terrible and unkind bully as he has been described as being, then I will have to deal with that.  But how am I to accept that on the basis of only one account from one person?  How do I reconcile that against the kind and forgiving son that I remember?

None of you have anything to loose by writing to me to tell your stories.  None of you have any reason to be afraid to do so.  Please do.  If you do not want to write to me, then call.

monte_goodner@w-industries.com

281-467-6935 (cellular)713-359-7594 (office)936-931-5500 (home)

Dear Houston Press:

Thank-you for keeping this bolg string active; it is the only forum in which I have any means of communicating with anyone who knew Michael.

Regards to all,

M

 

PokeysWrath
PokeysWrath

Im also the person who found Renee Longorias body in her home. At.west 27th & Yale Feb 13th 09. I then captured her killer the following morning on walkaway St near Sharpstown mall and her nephews transported him to the police dept. Again, the media completely botched the details and confused all pertinent facts of the case. What is the sense in publishing, if it isn't the truth. Might as well write for the Star or Enquirer. You get paid to mislead the public ! ???

PokeysWrath
PokeysWrath

I introduced Michael to Randy Tost in the late eightys. I feel partially to blame. I saw Randy dop Michael off at a clinic in Montrose earlier that afternoon. Micheal had broken ribs and a boxers break on his right hand. He couldn't have been much threat to anyone in that condition. The 70 year old man was Goodners lover, and the property owner. Who lives on Woodhead. I believe it was premeditated.

Monte_goodner
Monte_goodner

Dear PokeysWrath:

Please come forward; I need insight to the past, most particularly the recent past and, moreover, I need details on Michael's injuries; his physical condition and what compels you to believe that the shooting was premeditated.  I can be reached at monte_goodner@w-industries.com

Regards,

Monte C. Goodner, Sr.

 

Monte_goodner
Monte_goodner

Dear PokeysWrath: I will not disquise my identity; I am Monte Goodner, Sr., Michael's father.  Please note that my focus in the foregoing week was to bury my son, which I did on Friday, one week following his death on the 14th.  My attention and focus is now on attempting to get to the facts and the truth.  Your comments are no less than alarming and are in stark contrast to everything that my son shared with me over the past 22 years and, more pointedly, your comments are in stark contrast to Mr. Yost's comments to me via telephone just yesterday.  I only want the truth... do you know how to reach me...?

Jenifer
Jenifer

I loved michael very much my name is jenifer. I saw michael a few days before he was my friend and a special person in my life....... I am so hurt at this terrible event... Why I don't understand.......

Monte_goodner
Monte_goodner

Jenifer:

Please contact me at monte_goodner@w-industries.com.  I would very much like to speak to you.

Regards,

Monte C. Goodner, Sr.

Monte Goodner
Monte Goodner

Jenifer:

Monte Goodner, Michael's father here.  We are trying very hard to stitch together what happened and why, which includes gaining as much insight as possible to what was happening with Michael in the days, weeks and months before his death.  A very ugly picture is beginning to emerge; any insight that you can provide would b helpful and much appreciated.  Please contact me at:  monte_goodner@w-industries.com

Thank-you.

Regards,

M

 

Staci Odom
Staci Odom

self proclaimed ultimate fighting league cage fighter.  It was like he had a chip on his shoulder, Some people thought he wa a very deranged and dangerious person.And he was.HE was always asking to spar without pads or any safty equipment and was very agressave. He even scared me at times and I would leave and come back  after a while. We had an  altercation when I first time we me  I Love wRandy and I know H

Corey
Corey

Damn I love my neighbors, glad they're on the waugh side... Sheesh..

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