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Casey Goodson’s Mother Calls For Murder Charges After Deputy Fatally Shoots Son As He Returned Home From Dentist

Nicole Rojas
Dec 10, 2020 - 2:25

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Casey Goodson Jr.’s mother wants justice for her son after he was shot and killed by an Ohio sheriff’s deputy as he entered his home. Casey, who was Black, died on Dec. 4 when he was shot multiple times by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade, who was on assignment with the U.S. Marshal’s Service fugitive task force. 

“I want murder charges,” Tamala Payne told NBC4. “I want (the deputy’s) badge taken. I want him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The grieving mother added, “If it was us, we’d be in jail by now. But because it was an officer, I have to wait months upon months and weeks upon weeks for my son’s death to be avenged.” 

An autopsy report by the Franklin County coroner revealed that the 23-year-old was struck several times in his torso. In a statement, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz ruled Casey’s death a homicide, NPR reported. 

While Casey’s family have said that he was shot three times in the back, Ortiz’s report did not explain the bullets’ entry point or reveal any other details about his injuries. The coroner ruling the death a homicide does not automatically mean that criminal charges will be filed against the deputy. 

Initial reports by police stating that the shooting was justified have frustrated Payne and the family’s attorney, Sean Walton, NBC4 reported. The police’s account of the fatal shooting differs greatly from that being shared by Casey’s family. An investigation into whether the deputy was legally justified is underway, according to the Columbus Division of Police. 

Timeline of Events

Police have painted a very different account of the events that led to Casey being killed by Meade. Walton told CNN that Casey was not alleged to have committed any crimes, does not have a criminal background and was not the target of any investigation. He was an Ohio concealed carry permit holder and was legally armed at the time of the shooting. 

Authorities claim that Casey drove past marshals as a fugitive task force was wrapping up an unrelated operation and waved a gun. Several officers allegedly followed Casey and a verbal exchange ensued. Meade then shot several times at Casey. 

That version of the events is wildly different then the one being told by Casey’s family. Relatives say that Casey was fatally shot as he was returning home from a dentist’s appointment with Subway sandwiches, NBC4 reported. His killing was witnessed by his grandmother and two toddlers. 

In a two-minute recording of a 911 call, Casey’s grandmother told a 911 dispatcher that he had been shot in the back and she was unsure if he was breathing. Sharon Payne told the operator that people were preventing her from seeing Casey, CNN reported. 

“My grandson just got shot in the back when he come in the house,” Casey’s grandmother said. “I don’t know if he’s OK or not ‘cause, he’s still out there.” She added that she heard gunfire and then found her grandson lying in a doorway. 

When the operator asked Sharon if anyone had seen anything prior to the shooting, she replied, “No. He went to the dentist or somewhere and came home. All I know is there’s a bunch of gunfire. He’s not a bad kid. He doesn’t have a police record. He works. I don’t know what happened.” 

Investigation

An investigation is being led by the Columbus Division of Police. In a statement on Dec. 9, authorities said that no other officers reported witnessing the shooting and there is no body-cam footage of the shooting. 

On Dec. 8, the Department of Justice announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with the department’s Civil Rights Division, will join the investigation to review evidence for any sign that federal civil rights laws were violated. 

Once the police’s investigation is done, it will provide all evidence to the Franklin County Prosecutor to review the report and present the findings to a civilian grand jury. The grand jury will then determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Meade. 

Local leaders and residents told CNN that they believe Casey’s death just highlights the systemic racism issues present in Columbus’ law enforcement. 

“Casey’s case is just another reminder that the work continues and that racism is everywhere and we have to do the hard work as a nation to root it out,” Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin said. “Racism is a part of this country, part of our cities and a part of just who we are. And we can’t allow the challenges and how ubiquitous it is to overwhelm us in terms of where we go from here.”

Casey Goodson Jr.’s mother wants justice for her son after he was shot and killed by an Ohio 

sheriff’s deputy as he entered his home. Casey, who was Black, died on Dec. 4 when he was shot multiple times by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade, who was on assignment with the U.S. Marshal’s Service fugitive task force. 

“I want murder charges,” Tamala Payne told NBC4. “I want (the deputy’s) badge taken. I want him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The grieving mother added, “If it was us, we’d be in jail by now. But because it was an officer, I have to wait months upon months and weeks upon weeks for my son’s death to be avenged.” 

An autopsy report by the Franklin County coroner revealed that the 23-year-old was struck several times in his torso. In a statement, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz ruled Casey’s death a homicide, NPR reported. 

While Casey’s family have said that he was shot three times in the back, Ortiz’s report did not explain the bullets’ entry point or reveal any other details about his injuries. The coroner ruling the death a homicide does not automatically mean that criminal charges will be filed against the deputy. 

Initial reports by police stating that the shooting was justified have frustrated Payne and the family’s attorney, Sean Walton, NBC4 reported. The police’s account of the fatal shooting differs greatly from that being shared by Casey’s family. An investigation into whether the deputy was legally justified is underway, according to the Columbus Division of Police. 

Timeline of Events

Police have painted a very different account of the events that led to Casey being killed by Meade. Walton told CNN that Casey was not alleged to have committed any crimes, does not have a criminal background and was not the target of any investigation. He was an Ohio concealed carry permit holder and was legally armed at the time of the shooting. 

Authorities claim that Casey drove past marshals as a fugitive task force was wrapping up an unrelated operation and waved a gun. Several officers allegedly followed Casey and a verbal exchange ensued. Meade then shot several times at Casey. 

That version of the events is wildly different then the one being told by Casey’s family. Relatives say that Casey was fatally shot as he was returning home from a dentist’s appointment with Subway sandwiches, NBC4 reported. His killing was witnessed by his grandmother and two toddlers. 

In a two-minute recording of a 911 call, Casey’s grandmother told a 911 dispatcher that he had been shot in the back and she was unsure if he was breathing. Sharon Payne told the operator that people were preventing her from seeing Casey, CNN reported. 

“My grandson just got shot in the back when he come in the house,” Casey’s grandmother said. “I don’t know if he’s OK or not ‘cause, he’s still out there.” She added that she heard gunfire and then found her grandson lying in a doorway. 

When the operator asked Sharon if anyone had seen anything prior to the shooting, she replied, “No. He went to the dentist or somewhere and came home. All I know is there’s a bunch of gunfire. He’s not a bad kid. He doesn’t have a police record. He works. I don’t know what happened.” 

Investigation

An investigation is being led by the Columbus Division of Police. In a statement on Dec. 9, authorities said that no other officers reported witnessing the shooting and there is no body-cam footage of the shooting. 

On Dec. 8, the Department of Justice announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with the department’s Civil Rights Division, will join the investigation to review evidence for any sign that federal civil rights laws were violated. 

Once the police’s investigation is done, it will provide all evidence to the Franklin County Prosecutor to review the report and present the findings to a civilian grand jury. The grand jury will then determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Meade. 

Local leaders and residents told CNN that they believe Casey’s death just highlights the systemic racism issues present in Columbus’ law enforcement. 

“Casey’s case is just another reminder that the work continues and that racism is everywhere and we have to do the hard work as a nation to root it out,” Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin said. “Racism is a part of this country, part of our cities and a part of just who we are. And we can’t allow the challenges and how ubiquitous it is to overwhelm us in terms of where we go from here.”

Action Step

Donate: You can donate to the #JusticeForCaseyGoodson GoFundMe page here. Money donated will go towards funeral and burial costs.

About the Author

Nicole Rojas is a senior writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

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