The Ohio Sheriff’s deputy who shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back five times has been charged with murder and reckless homicide
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Sheriff’s deputy who shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back five times was charged with murder Thursday in a meeting that led to protests for racial justice, but is still largely unexplained and does not involve any body cameras or dash cam footage.
The fatal shooting of Goodson, who was black, took place in Columbus on December 4 as Jason Meade, a 17-year-old white member of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, completed an unsuccessful search for a fugitive as part of his work for a US Marshals Service Task Force.
Goodson was not the subject of the fugitive’s search. Field Marshal Peter Tobin first said that Meade, who has since retired, confronted Goodson after Goodson came by and brandished a gun at the MP, but then withdrew those comments, saying they were based on “insufficient information”.
Tobin also said Meade was “not on assignment” for the commissioners at the time of the shooting.
Relatives say Goodson was opening the door to his grandmother’s house the moment he was shot. Officials said a gun was recovered from the scene, but did not provide further details.
The family said Goodson had a sandwich, not a gun, in his hand. But even though Goodson carried a gun, the family reiterated, he had a license to do so. The family has scheduled a press conference for Thursday.
The Franklin County coroner said in March that Goodson was shot in the back five times.
A judge has scheduled a first hearing for Meade on Friday. A message was left soliciting comment from Meade’s attorney, who previously said the coroner’s report had no bearing on what actually happened that day.
The case remains the subject of a criminal investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office with assistance from the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
While the shooting did not involve Columbus police, it came at a time of heightened tension over previous shootings of blacks by officers in the Ohio capital, a situation that worsened within three weeks. later when a white Columbus cop shot dead 47-year-old Andre Hill as he walked out of a garage with a cell phone.
That officer, Adam Coy, who was later fired, has pleaded not guilty to murder and is due to stand trial next year.
Large protests followed the Goodson shooting, with people shouting “Justice for Casey” as they blocked the streets of downtown.
Meade retired on July 2 on disability. The deputy had been on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office since the shooting.
Sheriff Dallas Baldwin had previously said the autopsy did not “provide all the necessary facts” and that he would wait until the end of the criminal investigation before taking disciplinary action against Meade.
Baldwin said Thursday he has asked his staff to review the investigation when possible, to see what the agency can learn.
“This office has a professional obligation to do everything in its power to ensure the safety of the community and of our deputies,” he said in a statement. “As I have said from the very beginning, I pray for everyone involved in this tragedy.”
In June, Franklin County District Attorney Gary Tyack appointed two outside prosecutors to investigate, as the county attorney’s office acts as legal counsel to the sheriff’s office and plans to have to defend the county and the forces. order in this matter.