• Ian Romaker

Police Narratives versus 2A Rights: Casey Goodson (01/30/1997 - 12/04/2020)

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

"I arrived on the day, Fred Hampton died - real ones just multiply"

(Jay - Z & Kanye West - Murder to Excellence)

Casey Goodson - a twenty three year old man (oldest of ten) with his head on his shoulders - is no longer with us. Thus far, the details surrounding this case are still very murky so here is a rundown of what we know.

  • Casey Goodson died on his kitchen floor in front of his grandmother, Sharon Payne and two toddlers - keys still in door.

  • Casey Goodson had his CCW and purchased firearms legally from Vance’s Outdoors.

  • Jason Meade (17 year veteran on Franklin PD) was the sheriff deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force on that day.

  • Casey was not an object of the search nor was he wanted by law enforcement prior to the incident.

  • There were no bodycameras involved as Franklin County does not require officers to do so.

Initial autopsy reports by Franklin County coroner, Anahi Ortiz show the manner of death as homicidal with multiple shot wounds to the torso.

Witness Accounts

“4 shots from what sounded like an automatic weapon” (Anonymous)

"Goodson drove by and waved a gun in the direction of authorities which prompted confrontation."(U.S. Marshal Peter Tobin, DDN)

Goodson’s mother posted via Facebook that her son was coming home on his lunch break with subway sandwiches in his hand and was unlocking his door when he was shot in the back.

The family attorney for this case is Sean Walton. Final autopsy and toxicology reports will take an additional 12-14 weeks as the Columbus Division of Police Critical Incident Response team continues to investigate.