Casey Goodson Jr was shot six times by a white Ohio sheriff’s deputy last December, according to a report prepared by Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz released Thursday.
Ortiz said that Goodson, who was black, was shot a total of six times. Five of the bullets entered Goodson’s back and one entered his buttock.
The cause of death is listed as homicide – a medical designation used when a person is killed by someone else that does not involve intent or guilt.
The final autopsy confirmed earlier statements by Goodson’s family that the 23-year-old died after former Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade shot him several times in the back and torso. Relatives say Goodson was opening the door to his grandmother’s house at the time.
Goodson’s mother Tamala Payne told local media he was found in the kitchen of her home.
“This family and this town have suffered enough trauma and our healing cannot begin until Meade is held accountable for this heinous act,” said Sean Walton, one of Goodson’s family attorneys, in a press release Wednesday evening.
“Jason Meade is a threat to the community and to public safety every day he continues to be free,” he added.
The shooting took place in Columbus on December 4 as Meade, a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was completing an unsuccessful search for a fugitive as part of a US Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force.
Meade was suspended after the shoot.
US Field Marshal Peter Tobin said on the day of the shooting, Meade confronted the victim outside his home after Goodson, who was not the subject of the fugitive search, walked past and waved a gun in Meade.
A witness heard Meade order the victim to drop his gun, and when he didn’t, the MP shot him dead, Tobin said after the shooting.
The family said Goodson had a sandwich, not a gun, in his hand. In any case, he had a license to carry a firearm, according to the family.
Officials said a gun was recovered from the scene but did not provide further details.
Shortly after the shooting, Tobin held a press conference where he called the shooting justified, a statement he later retracted.
Goodson’s death sparked widespread protests in Ohio and elsewhere, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality.
As I tweeted from day one, Casey Goodson has been shot in the back – multiple times. Believe the families, not the police or media propaganda.
Casey Goodson Jr. has been murdered. https://t.co/VG8b4M1trK
– Morgan Harper (@ mh4oh) March 18, 2021
While Meade worked with a Task Force of U.S. Marshals earlier in the day, Marshals and the Sheriff’s Office later said it was on time when the shooting occurred.
The case is still the subject of a joint criminal investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Once the investigation is complete, Franklin County District Attorney Gary Tyack’s office will review the autopsy before making a decision on whether to charge Meade. The deputy remains on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office.