On December 4th, 2020, Casey Christian Goodson Jr. (23 years old) was shot three times in the back and murdered by a Sheriff’s Deputy as he was entering his home in Columbus, Ohio. Casey Goodson’s family stated that he was returning home from a dentist appointment, holding a Subway sandwich, his face mask, and his keys, when he was shot.
Two days later, the Columbus Police Department made a statement alleging that Jason Meade, the deputy responsible for Goodson’s death, saw a man believed to be Goodson with a gun while driving. Meade then approached Goodson after he exited his car and walked home, where he was shot.
Hours after the shooting, the US Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, Peter Tobin, confirmed that Casey was not the fugitive they were searching for. However, Tobin also added that he believed that the shooting was justified, claiming that shot were fired after Casey refused to drop his “weapon.” Goodson had a license to carry a concealed firearm, and Ohio does not prohibit open carry.
On December 9th, five days after the incident, Goodson’s death was ruled a homicide by Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz. Though these results are preliminary, as Dr. Ortiz’s office has not yet received Goodson’s medical records or a toxicology report, the office has stated that current findings indicate that cause of death is multiple gunshots to the torso.
Downtown Columbus is braced for protests this weekend in response to Goodson’s killing. Columbus police Chief Thomas Quinlan has stated that officers have undergone further training in handling large crowds and riots after the protests of this past summer.
Lawyers from the firm representing Goodson’s family have filed a motion in federal court, requesting that Columbus police be barred from using excessive force in breaking up non-violent protests.
According to posts circulating on social media, there are protests planned for Friday (Dec. 10), including one around 6:00 pm outside the Sherriff’s office. Another is at noon at the Statehouse. Both events encourage social distancing and peaceful demonstration.
Goodson’s family has called for the protests to remain peaceful
– Jason Meade is a 17-year veteran of the force. At the time of the incident, he was assigned to a US Marshals Service fugitive task force.
– Meade was not wearing a body camera.
– Multiple members of Goodson’s family were inside the home at the time of the incident.
– Casey was not an object of the search and was not wanted by law enforcement prior.
– Casey was licensed to carry a concealed weapon.
– The Columbus police made a statement saying that “a gun was recovered from Mr. Goodson.” Goodson’s family disputes this.
– The statement from the coroner’s office does not describe the bullets’ entry points. Goodson’s relatives say that he was shot three times in the back.
– The coroner’s ruling does not automatically implicate criminal charges. The Columbus Division of Police claims that they are still investigating if Meade was justified in shooting.
– On December 8th, the Justice Department said that it is joining the CDP’s investigation to review evidence of violations of federal civil rights laws.
– After their investigation, the CDP has stated that “all evidence will be turned over to the Franklin County Prosecutor for presentation to a civilian grand jury.”
– An autopsy report may take 12 to 14 weeks to complete.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Mayor, Andrew Ginther
Franklin Country Prosecutor, Ron O’Brien
Columbus Chief of Police, Thomas Quinlan
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