Federal authorities have opened an investigation into the police shooting of a 23-year-old black man, who was killed last week on his way home in Columbus, Ohio, with sandwiches for his family .
Southern Ohio District Attorney David DeVillers announced on Tuesday that his office, along with the Department of Justice and FBI’s Civil Rights Division, would review the shooting of Casey Goodson, who was killed on Friday by a sheriff’s deputy.
The incident is the latest in a recent spate of shootings involving police and murder of black men in the USA.
Several high profile incidents sparked mass protests, demanding an end to the unjustified use of lethal force by police in minority communities.
Franklin County Deputy Sheriff Jason Meade was working for the US Marshals Service to help find a fugitive last Friday afternoon when he saw a man with a gun in the Northland neighborhood of Columbus, the Columbus Police Division said in a statement. Meade opened fire when the man did not drop his gun after being ordered to do so, the statement said.
Goodson’s family said he was returning home from a dentist appointment with three Subway sandwiches for his family in his hand when he was shot by Meade as he entered his home.
“This is outright an execution of an innocent man,” family lawyer Sean Walton told The Breakfast Club, a nationally broadcast radio show. “We need justice for Casey.”
Outraged and heartbroken once again that we have to uplift the life of another black man who died at the hands of law enforcement. Returning from the dentist and after eating, Casey Christopher Goodson, Jr. was shot in the back as he entered his home. pic.twitter.com/U6OtVtK3Tb
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Preliminary autopsy results showed Goodson died of multiple gunshot wounds to his chest, the Franklin County coroner said Wednesday. The final results are not expected for at least three months.
The cause of death has been listed as homicide, a medical determination used in cases where a person has died at the hand of someone else, but does not constitute a legal finding and does not imply criminal intent.
Police only said that an MP had “shot” Goodson without specifying the number of shots.
Columbus Police, who are leading the local investigation, said a gun was recovered from the scene. No other police or civilians saw the shooting and there is no body camera footage of the incident, police said.
“I want answers. I deserve answers. I demand answers at this point, ”Payne said in an interview with the Associated Press news agency.
Two 911 callers said they heard several gunshots that day, according to copies of those calls released Wednesday afternoon and reviewed by the PA.
“Four shots fired from what looked like an automatic weapon,” said a caller.
US Marshal Peter Tobin said on the day of the shooting Meade confronted Goodson outside his home after Goodson, who was not the subject of the fugitive search, passed by and waved a gun at Meade .
A witness heard Meade order Goodson to drop his gun, and when he didn’t, the deputy shot him down, Tobin said. Goodson was taken to the hospital where he died.
Goodson had a concealed weapon license and was hoping to become a firearms instructor, Payne and lawyer Walton said Wednesday.
Payne said she wanted the deputy involved jailed and said she will never be able to detain her son again except “at his damn funeral.”