Family members and activists say that Casey Christopher Goodson Jr., 23, was carrying a Subway sandwich and was on his way back from the dentist’s office when he was fatally shot in the back three times by a Franklin County Sheriff’s office SWAT deputy who is assigned to a U.S. Marshal’s office fugitive task force.
Local activists are questioning the decision of a veteran Franklin County SWAT deputy to fatally shoot a 23-year-old Black man as he arrived at his home Friday afternoon.
Authorities have said that an autopsy will be conducted this week.The sheriff’s office said it is “confident” the Columbus team “will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.”
Columbus police did not publicly confirm Goodson’s identity until earlier Sunday afternoon — more than 48 hours after the shooting Friday afternoon.
Family friend Heather Johnson, 32, spoke “Casey was 23 years old, he never had any type of crimes. He was good, he worked at the Gap, he loved his family,” said Johnson, of the North Side. “He just enjoyed being a big brother and enjoyed being with his family, he loved them very much.”
Peter Tobin, the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District said,Swat deputy went to confront the man about waving the handgun. The man was already out of his vehicle outside of a residence in the 3900 block of Estates Place and was told to drop his gun, a command heard by at least one witness.
When the man with the gun did not drop his weapon, Tobin said, the deputy shot him. The man, who was not the target of the original fugitive raid, was transported to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, where he later died.
A handgun was recovered, Tobin said, but he did not say from where.
Tobin said he believes the shooting was justified, but added that the Columbus police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) will conduct an investigation that will be reviewed by the Franklin County prosecutor’s office. The matter also will be presented to a county grand jury for consideration.
Activists say Tobin’s narrative did not mention that Goodson was shot in the back or his family’s statement that he had a concealed-carry permit for the handgun.
“No investigation has been conducted, to our knowledge,” he said. “At that point they had not even began their investigation. So at the beginning of an investigation to say it’s justified. well tell us why it’s justified because at that point Casey was a law-abiding citizen entering his home after leaving an appointment with his dentist while carrying food.”
“Even hours after his death, the keys that he used to let himself in the house as he was shot and killed hung in the door – a reminder to his family of how close he was to safety.,”
This incident could have been prevented because our officers were trained to respond with caution and Casey Goodson death could’ve been avoided.It isn’t justified!