COLUMBUS, OH – On December 4th, a deputy reported seeing a man waving a gun at him as he drove past. The deputy confronted the subject who allegedly refused to drop his gun. The deputy opened fire, killing him.
Some political leaders are suggesting that the shooting was not justified, and that it only occurred because the man was black and the officer white.
Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown spoke out on Twitter regarding the shooting of the suspect, Casey Goodson, Jr. He said:
“Casey Goodson, Jr. is yet another young black man who should be alive today. Our hearts break for another family who has lost a son at the hands of the police. I join the Columbus NAACP & Mr. Goodson’s family in calling for a full investigation of this tragedy.”
Casey Goodson Jr. is yet another young Black man who should be alive today. Our hearts break for another family who has lost a son at the hands of the police.
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) December 8, 2020
The incident occurred when Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade, who is a part of a task force with the US Marshal’s Office, was in the area with other task force members looking for a criminal in an unrelated case. Meade saw Goodson and alleges that he waved a gun in his direction.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 12, 2020
Meade exited his patrol vehicle near a residence in the 3900 block of Estates Place and ordered Goodson to drop his gun.
According to Peter Tobin, the US Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, at least one witness stated that they heard Meade ordering Goodson to drop a gun.
Tobin said that when Goodson failed to comply by dropping his weapon, Meade opened fire, striking him. Goodson was rushed to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Casey Goodson died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, the coroner in Columbus, Ohio, said on Wednesday. Goodson was shot last week by a member of a fugitive task force who the authorities said was searching for someone else. https://t.co/jvLwMW9BFI
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 9, 2020
Tobin advised that investigators did recover a firearm at the scene. They did not state where it was retrieved from.
Based upon what Tobin has reviewed thus far from the investigation, he believes that the shooting will, ultimately, be found justified.
Goodson’s family reasoned that he may have had a firearm on his person as he had a concealed carry permit in the state. According to NPR, a family member said:
“Casey was licensed to carry a concealed weapon and Ohio does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms.”
The family claims that the officer did not really see Goodson with a firearm and what Meade really saw was a Subway sandwich.
Law enforcement say 23-year-old Casey Goodson was waving a gun before he was shot and killed by a deputy in Columbus, Ohio. His family say he was carrying a sandwich, and that he was shot three times in the back. https://t.co/01nWtf44Zu
— NPR (@NPR) December 8, 2020
The Franklin County Coroner, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, ruled Goodson’s death as a homicide, which, of course, it is. Homicide does not mean murder. Homicide classifies a death that was caused by someone’s actions and not natural occurrence. Ortiz said:
“Based on findings from the autopsy and medical death investigation, manner of death is homicide. However, based on the current findings, cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.”
Ortiz’s office did not release how many times they believe that Goodson was shot, nor the location on the body.
Goodson’s family claims that he was shot in the back and was facing away from Meade at the time of the shooting.
Lawyers for Meade released a statement regarding the shooting:
“At no time did Deputy Meade mistake a sandwich for a gun. Mr. Goodson pointed his gun at Deputy Meade. There has been confirmation that our client gave verbal commands for Mr. Goodson to drop the gun.”
The Columbus Police Department is conducting the investigation into the shooting and their Chief, Tom Quinlan, issued a statement in which he is asking for calm:
“We hear your questions. We hear your cries for more information and more answers. We heard your demands for justice.
The difficult reality is, very often in police work, information and answers are necessarily, unavoidably slow to come. That is not in the interest of secrecy-it is in the interest of justice.
A U.S. marshal has called remarks he made immediately after the fatal shooting of a Black man by a white sheriff’s deputy premature. He initially said the Dec. 4 shooting of Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus, Ohio, was justified. https://t.co/r02tyUdQOO
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 12, 2020
“But please understand – fast answers cannot take priority over complete answers. Information that answers the immediate questions of today have the potential to compromise a just outcome tomorrow.”
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FBI agent injured, suspect fatally shot during warrant execution of homicide suspect
December 2, 2020
PINEVILLE, LA – An FBI agent was injured and a suspect was fatally shot during an agent-involved shooting incident outside of a hotel in Louisiana when authorities were attempting to apprehend a murder suspect from Ohio.
Details on the shooting are limited, as the FBI has not released much information on the specifics of the incident.
Here’s what’s we know so far.
According to the FBI, 47-year-old James Edward Hawley allegedly kidnapped 45-year-old Nichole Bronowski in late November from her home in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
After kidnapping, Hawley brought Bronowski to her mother’s home on November 24th and allegedly murdered Bronowski’s mom.
Authorities reportedly tracked Hawley and Bronowski to a Sleep Inn hotel in Pineville on December 1st.
While responding agencies were attempting to execute the arrest warrant for Hawley, a shooting incident occurred.
The FBI confirmed one of their agents was injured during the incident and that the suspect is deceased.
A full statement from the FBI reads as follows:
“The FBI is responding to an Agent-involved shooting, which occurred in Pineville, Louisiana. The shooting occurred during the execution of an arrest warrant for federal charges.”
“The subject, who was wanted for a homicide in Cleveland, Ohio, is deceased. An FBI Agent was also wounded and is currently being treated in an area hospital.”
“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents seriously. In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident will be investigated by the FBI’s Inspection Division.”
“The review process is thorough and objective and is conducted as expeditiously as possible. No additional details will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.”
Bronowski is said to have been safely recovered from the hotel.
Authorities noted that there may be some history between the deceased suspect and the woman, but supplied little detail.
Background research on the suspect conducted by our team here at Law Enforcement Today has turned up very little information on the background of the deceased suspect.
A LinkedIn profile for Hawley merely presented himself as a “self employed” individual who works in construction. Vendor license application records also showed Hawley was granted a business license for a record store back in February of 2005.
This is currently a developing story.
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Author: Chris Elliot