Police Shooting

Casey Christopher Goodson Jr. Was Killed by Cops While Bringing Lunch to His Grandma

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Casey Christopher Goodson Jr. was bringing his grandmother lunch when he was shot and killed by a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy. The 23-year-old was shot by Deputy Jason Meade on his grandmother’s doorstep after a “verbal exchange” with the officer.

According to a statement given by Columbus police, Deputy Meade was working with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force when he reported witnessing a man with a gun.

“The deputy was investigating the situation and there are reports of a verbal exchange. The deputy fired at Mr. Casey Goodson, resulting in his death,” according to a sheriff’s statement. “A gun was recovered from Mr. Goodson. Mr. Goodson was not the person being sought by the U.S. Marshals task force.”

Sean Walton, a lawyer representing the family, said Goodson’s loved ones are skeptical of the deputy’s version of the deadly encounter.

“It doesn’t make sense,” Walton told NBC News on Monday. “Who drives down the street waving a gun out of the window? This isn’t a music video. This is real life.”

According to a statement from Walton’s law firm, Goodson had a license to carry a concealed weapon and “Ohio does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms.”

Goodson, according to Walton, had not been alleged to have committed any crime, had no criminal background and was not the target of any investigation.

The young man had gone to the dentist that day and was returning home with three Subway sandwiches he had purchased for his 72-year-old grandmother and two toddlers when he was shot. Goodson had opened the door to the home when Deputy Meade shot him, he fell to the floor in his kitchen in front of toddlers, according to Walton.

“There’s no reason or justification for why any of this happened,” Walton said. “He actually was putting his key into the door when he was shot. The key was hanging in the door even hours after the shooting. He fell and died in his own kitchen.”

After hearing the shots and the screams of the toddlers, Goodson’s grandmother rushed to the kitchen where the deputy pointed his gun at her and ordered her to exit the house, according to Walton. The family saw the sandwiched next to Goodson’s body but no gun, the lawyer said.

“There’s really nothing that they’ve alleged or said that Casey did on his walk from the car to the house that would justify him being shot,” Walton said.

Police claim Goodson, who was holding three sandwiches and unlocking the door to the home when he was shot, pulled a gun on the Meade and the deputy was forced to fire on him.

Police claim to have found a gun, in their statement, however they admitted that they had no legitimate reason for approaching Goodson.

“The deputy was investigating the situation and there are reports of a verbal exchange. The deputy fired at Mr. Casey Goodson, resulting in his death,” according to a sheriff’s statement. “A gun was recovered from Mr. Goodson. Mr. Goodson was not the person being sought by the U.S. Marshals task force.”

Deputy Meade was not wearing a body camera, Columbus police said. Deputies in this county are not required to wear body cams.

Article from: blackmainstreet.net

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