Final Autopsy Report Released on Casey Goodson Jr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The family of Casey Goodson Jr. says they have obtained the final autopsy report from the Franklin County Coroner, regarding his shooting death by a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy in December of 2020.

The family says Goodson was shot six times--five times in the back, and once in the buttocks, as he was entering his home on December 4th. The coroner ruled his death a homicide.

The report also found no drugs in his system, with the exception of nicotine and trace amounts of cannabinoids.

Deputy Jason Meade was working with the US Marshal's office in executing search warrants at the time, when Meade claims he saw Goodson drive by, waiving a gun. Meade later confronted Goodson, and the shooting occurred.

Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin released a statement, saying in part, "I want to be clear that the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office use of force policies prohibits any deputy from using deadly force against anyone who doesn’t pose an immediate threat to the officer or to others. When and if credible evidence shows that one of my employees failed to abide by that policy, I will hold that person accountable. However, I also want to emphasize that criminal investigations over the years have shown that the physical location of gunshot wounds alone do not always tell the entire story of what happened."

The statement goes on to say, "Immediately after this tragedy occurred, I put this deputy on administrative leave. Before we take any further action, I have a legal and professional obligation to wait for the findings of the independent investigators, to protect the integrity of their important work.”

Sean Walton, attorney for the Goodson family, called for Meade to be arrested, charged, and convicted for the shooting.

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