Columbus Police to Retain Investigation Into Casey Goodson Jr.'s Death


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--There was a back-and-forth Monday over which law enforcement agency will eventually take over the investigation into the death of Casey Goodson Junior, who was shot and killed by a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy on Friday.

Initially, the Columbus Police Department's Critical Response Team took over the probe, but both Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin and CPD Chief Thomas Quinlan supported the Ohio Bureau of Criminal investigation to take over, citing transparency and impartiality.

On Monday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost released a statement, turning down the offer. Yost said, "We received a referral to take a three-day-old officer-involved shooting case. Not knowing all the reasons as to why so much time has passed before the case was referred to BCI, we cannot accept this case. Three days later after the crime scene has been dismantled and the witness have all dispersed does not work."

CPD will continue to investigate the incident.

Goodson was shot and killed in a confrontation with a deputy on Friday, after he allegedly drove by the officers working on a separate operation with the US Marshal's Service, while waving a gun.

A confrontation ensued, and a gun was recovered from the scene of the shooting. Goodson's family has retained a law firm.