July 25, 2021

Police In Ohio Say Slain Black Man Brandished A Gun; Family Says He Held A Sandwich

Authorities in Ohio have identified a longtime Franklin County sheriff’s deputy as the law enforcement officer who shot and killed a Black man in Columbus last Friday.

Law enforcement said the man was waving a gun. His family said he was carrying a sandwich.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy who fired the shots, Jason Meade, a 17-year veteran of the force, was assigned full time to a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force at the time of the incident.

The task force had wrapped up an unsuccessful search for “violent suspects,” according to police investigators, when the shooting took place.

The man killed, 23-year-old Casey Goodson, was not an object of the search, nor was he wanted by law enforcement prior to the incident, according to police.

Family members said Goodson was shot three times in the back. An autopsy will be conducted by the Franklin County coroner, according to investigators.

Columbus police are leading the investigation of the incident, which occurred within its jurisdiction but did not involve police. As of Sunday afternoon, roughly 48 hours after the shooting, Meade had still not been interviewed by investigators.

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