COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Casey Goodson Jr. was shot six times with a high-powered rifle, according to the family’s attorney, Sean Walton.
Walton and Goodson’s mother, Tamala Payne, appeared on the nationally syndicated Breakfast Club show on Wednesday morning. NBC4’s Kerry Charles spoke with the pair shortly after the radio interview.
“We spoke with the Franklin County coroner, and Casey was shot in his back six times — five times in his back and one time in his butt with a high-powered rifle,” Walton said. “And he was shot through his screen door as he walked into his own home. He was shot from behind; his keys were in the door.”
Goodson was shot and killed by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade on Dec. 4 as Goodson was returning to his home. Goodson’s family maintains he was carrying a bag of Subway sandwiches, while Meade’s attorney maintains Goodson brandished a handgun.
Goodson’s mother said that, in addition to speaking with the county coroner, she saw a photo of her son’s body, which showed the bullet wounds. Payne said she received the photos from a private medical examiner whom the family hired to view the body.
Payne said she may decide to release the photos to the public.
“I think if I was going to release it, now would be the time to do so,” she said. “I’m sure when there’s a trial photos will come out in trial and they will make it to the public — I hope not .”
The Franklin County coroner, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, would only say that the official report will take between 12 to 24 weeks from the time of the autopsy to be finalized.
Sheriff Dallas Baldwin gave the following statement in response to the information released Wedneday:
I can’t imagine the pain that Casey Goodson’s mother is going through. This was unquestionably a tragedy and I encourage everyone to join me in praying for those affected by it.
Like everyone in our community, I want answers about Casey Goodson’s death as soon as possible. However, we don’t know what the Franklin County Coroner may have said, and the information relayed by Ms. Payne doesn’t have all of the facts needed to give us those answers. Physical and forensic evidence from the scene, as well as statements from any witnesses, will be crucial in providing the clearest picture of what happened. Most of this evidence will remain unknown until the Department of Justice, the Franklin County Coroner and the Columbus Police Department release their findings.
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. If the 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 don’t always tell the entire story of what happened.
Before I 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.Sheriff Dallas Baldwin