Casey Christopher Goodson Jr. was from Ohio, United States. He was one of the African-American people killed in the U.S. by white police officers during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which earned the ire of Black Lives Matter protesters.
Goodson was killed by Michael Jason Meade, a deputy from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Franklin County, Ohio. Here are 13 more things about Goodson:
- He is the eldest among the 10 children of Casey Christopher Goodson Sr. and Tamala Payne.
- He is the brother of Kaylee Harper.
- He has a younger brother born in 2015.
- He was a gun rights advocate. He obtained his Ohio license to carry a concealed weapon in Franklin County on January 16, 2019. It was due to expire on January 16, 2024.
- He lived in Columbus, Ohio.
- In 2019, he trained to become a truck driver. He obtained a commercial driver’s license and worked as a truck driver.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, his driving opportunities slowed down. He then worked at The Gap. He was saving money with a plan to put up a business someday.
- After a dental appointment in the morning of December 4, 2020, he stopped at Subway on his way home to buy sandwiches for himself, his grandmother Sharon Payne, who was born in 1948, and his younger brother. Carrying a legal handgun, he had just unlocked the front door of his grandmother’s house on Estates Place in Columbus when he was shot by Meade, a white police officer who was searching for a fugitive in an unrelated case. He was taken to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus where he was pronounced dead.
- There were five adults and four children in his grandmother’s house when he was shot by Meade. His death was witnessed by Payne and two toddlers near the door. Payne called 911 and told the dispatcher, “My grandson just got shot in the back when he come in the house. I don’t know if he’s okay or not ’cause he’s still out there.”
- He died at the age of 23.
- He had no criminal record and he was never a target of an investigation. He was never accused of committing a crime either.
- According to the preliminary autopsy results released by Franklin County coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the cause of his death was homicide and he died from multiple gunshot wounds in his torso.
- On December 6, 2020, a GoFundMe page was set up by his sister Kaylee on behalf of their grandmother.