Suspect in Goodkin fatal shooting captured in South Carolina


Tyler Terry

Eric Berger, Associate Editor

A suspect in the murder of Barbara Goodkin, a St. Louis Jewish woman, was arrested Monday morning in South Carolina, the Chester County Sheriff’s office announced.

More than 300 law enforcement officers, on the seventh day of a manhunt, surrounded an area in the northeast portion of the state where they believed Tyler Terry, 26, was hiding.

“Tyler Terry is in custody. No shots were fired by any party. Everyone (including Terry) is safe,” the sheriff’s office tweeted Monday morning.

South Carolina police also last week arrested Adrienne Simpson, 34, who traveled across the country with Terry. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell charged them Monday with two counts of first-degree murder and 12 other felony counts.


On May 15, at around 10:51 p.m., Goodkin and her husband, Stanley, were shot while driving eastbound along the 8200 block of Delmar Boulevard, according to the University City Police Department. Stanley Goodkin, 74, was hit in the torso and leg but was able to drive to a hospital, from which he has since been released. Barbara Goodkin, 70, was shot in the head and died the next day.

About an hour after the Goodkins were shot, Dr. Sergei Zacharev was found dead in the parking lot outside Bonefish Grill in Brentwood. Investigators said there was a ballistics match between the two shootings and that they believed they were connected.

Goodkin, 70, was a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona and was preparing to begin volunteering as a docent at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum once it reopens next year.

The museum and Jewish Federation of St. Louis provided funding for seven St. Louis area investigators to travel to South Carolina and assisted in the hunt for Terry.