Posted: Dec 6, 2020 / 7:00 p.m. ESTUpdated: December 6, 2020 / 7:03 PM EST
COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A law firm claiming to represent the family of a man who was fatally shot during a law enforcement operation on Friday is calling for a “thorough and transparent investigation” into the man’s death.
In a post on his Facebook page, Walton & Brown, LLC. said it represents the family of Casey Goodson Jr., who the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office identified as the man who was shot and killed Friday by Deputy Jason Meade, a 17-year-old veteran.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Meade is currently assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force, a role he was holding at the time of the shooting.
According to the US Marshal’s office, Meade was among agents searching for a refugee at Estates Place in the Ferris Road area on Friday afternoon. Agents couldn’t find the fugitive.
When they finished their surgery, Goodson was driving a gun, the office said. The law firm said Goodson had a valid concealed carry license.
Franklin County Sheriff identifies victim, deputy who was involved in deadly shootings on Friday
Several officers followed the man and ordered him to drop the gun as they caught up with him. When the suspect began to draw his gun, Meade fired and hit the suspect, according to the marshal’s office.
The post on the law firm’s Facebook page disputes the representation made at this point by the law enforcement authorities.
“Casey was shot dead when he unlocked his door and entered his house,” the post said. “His death was witnessed by his 72-year-old grandmother and two young children who stood near the door.”
The law firm also stated that Goodson has allegedly not committed a crime, has no criminal background and is not the subject of an investigation.
On Sunday, the sheriff’s office released a statement that Meade is off duty and is waiting to be interviewed by the Columbus incident and police response team investigating the shooting.
“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is confident that the Columbus Police Critical Incident and Response Team will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation at which point it will be presented to the Franklin County Attorney’s Office,” said a statement from the Sheriff’s Office in the Meade is identified.
The law firm is also calling for a thorough and transparent investigation into Goodson’s death.
Walton & Brown, LLP’s Facebook post is below.