A 23-year-old man from Columbus, Ohio, was shot dead last week by a sheriff’s deputy assigned to a runaway task force who was looking for someone else, authorities and lawyers said. human family.
The man, Casey Christopher Goodson Jr., was walking home with Subway sandwiches after a dentist appointment on Friday when he was shot on his doorstep, his family’s lawyers said in a statement. The family were demanding a full and transparent investigation into his death, lawyers said.
What led to the confrontation or the use of lethal force was not immediately clear. The Ohio attorney general’s office, which normally investigates shootings involving police officers, said it refused to do so in the case because it had not been informed before three days later, after witnesses were questioned and the scene was cleared.
David M. DeVillers, the US attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said in a statement Tuesday that his office will review the shooting and “take appropriate action if the evidence indicates that federal civil rights laws have been violated. “.
Lawyers for the family said Mr. Goodson was shot dead by a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy. In a brief statement On Friday night, the sheriff’s office said one of his deputies, a 17-year veteran assigned full-time to a US Marshals Service task force, was “involved” in the shooting.
A gun was found at the scene, the sheriff’s office said, citing the US Marshals Service. Lawyers for Mr Goodson’s family have said he is authorized to carry a concealed weapon and that Ohio does not ban the open carrying of firearms.
At a press conference Friday, Peter Tobin, the United States Marshal for the Southern Ohio District, said Mr. Goodson “was seen driving down the street waving a gun, and it was is at that point the MP, at some point thereafter – him and it went wrong, “OMSU radio reported.
Walton + Brown, a Columbus law firm that represents Mr. Goodson’s family, said in a statement on Sunday that the authorities’ report omitted “key details that cause great concern.”
Mr. Goodson, who was black, was “confronted” by the deputy as he returned home with the sandwiches, the company said.
“Casey was shot and killed as he opened his door and entered his home,” the company said. “His 72-year-old grandmother and two toddlers who were near the door witnessed his death. “
Kaylee Harper, who identified herself as Mr. Goodson’s sister, wrote on Facebook that he “literally walked across the yard, walked into the back fence to get to the side gate, had his subway and mask on in one hand, keys in the other AND OPENED THE DOOR and entered the house “before the deputy shoots him.
The law firm said Mr. Goodson “would have committed no crime, had no criminal history and had not been investigated.”
“We demand a full and transparent investigation into Casey’s tragic death,” Sarah Gelsomino, a lawyer at Friedman & Gilbert, who also works with Mr. Goodson’s family, said in the statement.
The Columbus Police Division said Sunday that Deputy Sheriff Jason Meade “reported witnessing a man with a gun” and a “verbal exchange” ensued.
The deputy “shot Mr. Casey Goodson, resulting in his death,” the department said. “A firearm was recovered from Mr. Goodson,” he said.
Columbus Police said task force members were not given body cameras, no other police officers witnessed the shooting, and no civilian witnesses were identified. The police said on Monday the case was under investigation by the Department’s Critical Incident Response Team, and that its report would be submitted to the county prosecutor.
He said the state attorney general’s office refused to take the case because the ministry’s own investigation was already “well underway.”
Mr. Yost, the Attorney General of Ohio, said on Twitter on Tuesday that his office was “invited within three days of the incident – after the CPD treated and cleaned the premises, after the first set of witnesses had been questioned, after the solicitation.” Typically, he says, his office is involved in investigations early on, not after several days.