Columbus, OH — Casey Christopher Goodson Jr., 23, had no criminal record, was not wanted by police, and was bringing his grandmother lunch, when he was gunned down by Franklin County Sheriff's deputy, Jason Meade who was working with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force. His grandmother and two toddler children watched Goodson die in front of them — their Subway sandwiches lying in a pool of blood.
Goodson, according to an attorney for the family, had not been alleged to have committed any crime, had no criminal background and was not the target of any investigation. Nevertheless, he was wrongly targeted by police and gunned down.
Police claim Goodson pulled a gun on them — as he brought three Subway sandwiches to his grandmother and two toddlers, while unlocking the door — and the deputy was forced to fire on him.
Though claiming to find a gun, in their statement, police 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."
According to Sean Walton, from the law firm of Walton and Brown, LLC, Goodson was licensed to carry a concealed weapon "and Ohio does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms."
It is indeed likely that Meade simply saw the completely legal and licensed gun, unjustly "feared for his life," and killed Goodson for no reason.
“Casey was shot and killed as he unlocked his door and entered his home,” Watson said. “His death was witnessed by his 72-year-old grandmother and two toddlers who were near the door.”
Though the sheriff's department "reported witnessing a man with a gun," Goodson was not that man. What's more, it makes no sense for Goodson to leave the dentist's office where he just had his teeth cleaned, pick up Subway for his family, and wave a gun out of his window on the way home. Goodson was a concealed carry permit holder. He had been through training and knew the ins and outs of carrying a firearm.
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“It doesn’t make sense,” Walton said. “Who drives down the street waving a gun out of the window? This isn’t a music video. This is real life.”
“There’s no reason or justification for why any of this happened,” Walton said. “He fell and died in his own kitchen.”
According to the family, the bags of sandwiches were on the ground next to his body after Meade killed him and they didn't see any gun.
“Like many in the community, I am at a loss of words over the killing of Casey Christopher Goodson, Jr.," U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, incoming chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who represents the district where Goodson was gunned down said in a statement on Monday.
"The circumstances surrounding his tragic death are upsetting and extremely unsettling because too many Black men in our community are dying or are the victims of unjustifiable, excessive force from the very people sworn to protect and serve all of us. I join Casey’s family, friends, and the entire community in demanding accountability and seeking justice for his senseless killing.”
Because deputies in this county are not required to wear body cameras, it is the cop's word against the family's. Hopefully there was a security camera nearby that captured the shooting and shows the whole truth of the situation, otherwise, we know how these situations play out — even when there is video.
Predictably, like they do every time a legal gun owner is killed by the police, the NRA is silent.
For those who remember, Philando Castile, was killed in a similar manner. Like Goodson, he had not committed a crime, was a legal concealed carry permit holder, and was complying with everything the officer was telling him, yet he was gunned down in front of his girlfriend and her small child.