Casey Goodson Jr. (2020)

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On December 4, 2020, Franklin County Ohio Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Meade was working with the United States Marshals Service to locate a violent offender. Goodson was not the subject of the search.[1] Through his lawyer, Meade claimed to have seen Goodson point a handgun at another driver.[2]

Meade followed Goodson to a house, ordered him to drop the weapon, and claimed that Goodson turned and pointed a gun at him.[3] Meade shot Goodson, who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.[4]

Meade was placed on leave after shooting.[3]

On December 7, 2020, the Mayor of Columbus announced that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) had taken over the investigation.[5]

On December 7, 2020, the BCI announced that they had refused to investigate the case, as "so much time has passed".[6]

On December 8, 2020, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that it and the Department of Justice and the FBI would review the case.[7]

On July 2, 2021, Meade left the sheriff's office on disability retirement.[8]

On December 2, 2021, Meade was indicted on two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide.[3]

On December 2, 2021, Goodson's family filed a lawsuit, alleging Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment violations including excessive force, wrongful death, and that the county could have prevented the shooting at many stages of Meade's employment.[9]

On February 16, 2024, the judge in the criminal case declared a mistrial after the jurors were unable to reach an agreement. The Prosecuting Attorney will decide whether to retry the case.[10]

On February 22, 2024, prosecutors announced that they will seek a new trial.[11]


There is no body-worn camera footage as Franklin County Sheriff's task force officers are not issued body cameras.[3]

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