Family Members 'Terrified' After Murder Suspect's Release

Family Members 'Terrified' After Murder Suspect's Release

Posted: Updated: Nov 28, 2018 05:23 AM

Phillip Goolden loved to snap pictures of his grandchildren. Bridget Goolden treasures each of those photos now. It's been almost eight months since Michael Gagnon allegedly murdered her husband. Now Gagnon is out on bail.

“Last night, I woke up with a dream - terrified. I couldn't sleep after that. That he was walking up my driveway. That I was in danger,” said Bridget.

A grand jury indictment alleges Gagnon shot 50 year old Phillip Goolden in Gagnon's Jefferson Street home April 7 just after midnight.

“It was a little after 4 in the morning when my doorbell rang and when I saw the police officers and detectives at my door, my heart sunk,” said Bridget.

Goolden allegedly died from a single shot to the head from Gagnon's Marlin 30/30 rifle. Bridget Goolden doesn't want to talk about the specifics. She and the couple's 3 daughters would rather remember the good times with the man they knew and loved.

“He just wanted to be surrounded by family all the time. He loved football Sundays and cooking. Always making Wimpy sauce, chicken wings, and sausages and everything else,” said Justine Burns, Phillip and Bridget Goolden's daughter. 

Gagnon was taken into custody almost immediately after the shooting and held at the St. Lawrence County Jail. On Tuesday, a $150,000 bond was put up, securing his release.

Gagnon walked out of the front doors of the courthouse on his own just before noon. The judge did impose conditions. He can't drink. There is a curfew. An order of protection was issued for Bridget Goolden. The family still doesn't feel safe.

Gagnon's lawyer says the bail and conditions set Tuesday were appropriate. They maintain the shooting was in self-defense. They issued a statement which read in part:

"Mr. Gagnon lawfully owned the firearm that was used, it was a home defense firearm, with cartridges over 2 decades old, and it was used in Mr. Gagnon’s own home."

Bridget Goolden is not sure where Gagnon will be staying or if and when family members might run into him.

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