Police: Deadly Shooting Was Self Defense

It's not the kind of violence people on Hwy. 635 near Science Hill say they're used to seeing, but on Wednesday night, a man saw a fist fight turn deadly, right before his eyes.

“A pick-up truck rolled in over at the neighbor's house. My neighbor came out, guy jumped out of the passenger side and swung at him,” said the Ky. 635 resident, who asked not to be identified.

Police say the people in the truck he described were Jim Wesley Goff, Goff's wife, Heather, and Jim Strunk. Police say they were armed with a wooden club and went to Joshua Pyles home to assault him.

“And they got into a (fist fight). The driver got out, that made it two on one, and then the neighbor across the street was helping him, helping even it out,” said the witness.

It was actually the second time in two days police say Goff was found at Pyles’ home. Police say he was arrested for attempted burglary Tuesday night and then after he was released from jail sometime on Wednesday, he returned there.

“Evidently the victim was harboring hard feelings over being arrested the night before,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood.

Police say Pyles shot Goff in self defense and no charges were filed against him. Goff died of gunshot wounds to the face and his alleged accomplices, Heather Goff and Jim Strunk, were arrested on assault charges.

“They were active participants in the event. They traveled with the shooting victim to the scene,” said Sheriff Wood.

Police say Pyles was injured in the assault, but he was treated at the scene.


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  • by courtney Location: goff on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    well im jim goffs daughter an i suggest you guys to shut your mouths you dont no what happpend the lies in the story deff dont say the truth . plies came to dad that night an hit him with a gun in the head an almost shot me an my two little sisters whitch are 11 an 6 , so get the story right an stop judging all the story when you dont no it k thanks
  • by Bil Location: eastern,ky on Jul 28, 2008 at 12:06 AM
    If you look for trouble your liable to find it...
  • by Leg Location: End on Jul 27, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    Strunk and the wife need to be charged with homicide for being involved in a crime that resulted in death.
  • by Bender Location: Lexington on Jul 26, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    Judging by the pictures, it looks like somebody should be charged with 1st degree assault with an ugly stick. Did they make that guy take his shirt off for his mug shot? Gross. Patchy, black hairs all over.. yick.
  • by SOMEONEWHOKNOWS Location: PULASKI on Jul 25, 2008 at 10:51 PM
    Don't you know you can claim self defense in Pulaski and Rockcastle like Derel Griffin does every time he goes on a shooting spree and gets away with it. (Which this story sounds like it really was self defense). The SHOOTINGS Derel has done aren't self defense, he's a paranoid freak trying to KILL innocent human beings including CHILDREN and our law keeps letting him off!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    Giter Done
  • by Sharon Location: Ky. on Jul 25, 2008 at 10:07 PM
    This is sad anyway that you look at it. It sounds like they went looking for trouble and they found it. I would of done the same thing if it had to be that way. Your home is your safe haven. You can't be ran any futher than that. Where i live the law doesn't come most of the when called.
  • by Firend Location: London, KY on Jul 25, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    People we can justify this anyway you want to. Fact is Mr. Pyles acted just as anybody else would have. In fact if he wanted to intentionally kill somebody don't you think he would have killed the other two. He did just what he had to do at the time to protect his family. Anybody out there that says they wouldn't do the same thing to protect the ones they love is a liar. As hard as it must be to loose a son you would think fathers would teach their children right from wrong when they are young and for the most want have to go thru situations like this when they are older. I think the sadest part of this that Mr. Pyles and his family will have to live with this in the back of their minds. All because some idiot had hard feelings over going to jail for breaking the law in the first place. There again if Mr. Pyles wanted to kill this idiot he would have done it on teusday night. Not by chance wait to see if he just by chance would come back. How did he know that the idiot was coming back.
  • by Early Cuyler Location: Squidville on Jul 25, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    There is a new law in the state: If you feel you are in fear for your life you may use deadly force ANYWHERE in the State. Main Street, the Ice Cream shop, the local park etc. etc. Just as long as you fear for your life you don't have to turn tail and run off. This was way over due in coming, in my opinion.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    Well lets see, Yes! There were kids involved. Poor little 6 and 7 year old girls, they were kept inside to stay safe. They were having a family cook out when these thugs decided to bust in. There was also a metal pipe involved as well as a wooden club. All he was trying to do was pertect his family. What would anybody do, he warned them 2 times with warning shot and they kept on fighting.
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