It was just over a year ago when Casey Goodson Jr. arrived home with Subway sandwiches for his grandmother and other family members only to end up killed after an Ohio sheriff’s deputy with a god complex shot him several times in the back as he was entering his home.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade claimed he had spotted Goodson driving down the street pointing a gun at another driver. The deputy claimed he followed Goodson home in his car, then ordered him to drop the gun after Goodson had pulled into his home.
But Meade claimed Goodson then pointed the gun at him, making him fear for his life which is when he opened fire, leaving the 23-year-old man with five bullets in his back and one bullet in his buttocks.
Goodson’s family say he was only carrying the sandwiches and his keys when he was shot and photos from the scene show the keys hanging from the door knob and a plastic bag containing three Subway sandwiches on the floor. Meade’s attorney claims the gun was under Goodson’s body after he was shot but the sheriff’s office has yet to release any photos of the alleged gun.
Nevertheless, Goodson was legally allowed to carry a gun because he had a concealed weapons permit and a clean record. And Ohio is an open carry state so even if he was holding the gun in his right hand as he walked into the home, he was not breaking any law.
On Thursday, Meade was indicted on murder charges and is facing a possible life sentence if convicted. Goodson’s family also filed a lawsuit against him that day.
Not surprisingly, Meade has a history of violence but was allowed to continue working as a deputy. He is also a Baptist pastor who was recorded preaching about the virtues of beating suspects, calling it a “righteous release,” laughing as he compared himself to David in the Bible.
“I work for the sheriff’s office … I hunt people. It’s a great job. I love it,” Meade said while addressing an audience during the 2018 convention of the Ohio State Association of Free Will Baptists in a recording you can hear below.
“I worked this job 14 years, you know I ain’t never been hit clean in the face one time? It’s a fact. It ain’t ’cause I’m so good … You know why? I learned long ago I gotta throw the first punch. And I learned long ago why I’m justified in throwing the first punch. Don’t look up here like, ‘Oh, police brutality.’ People I hit you wish you could hit, trust me.”
The shooting death took place on December 4, 2020 when Meade was part of a task force patrolling Goodson’s neighborhood for a fugitive that was in no way related to Goodson or his family or the home he shared with his grandmother and other family members.
At around the same time that day, Goodson was sitting in a dentist office being treated, texting his mother that he was unable to speak to her by phone because he had the dentist’s fingers in his mouth, according to the lawsuit.
Goodson left the dentist and picked up the sandwiches on his way home. His mother, who lived elsewhere, had dropped off his little brother and sister earlier that day and he was looking forward to seeing them.
Meade, meanwhile, was raiding the sister of the man they were looking for but did not find him. The man’s sister posted on Facebook that Meade broke into her room while she was getting dressed, knowing she was naked, the lawsuit states. She called him a “ticking time bomb.”
The task force had ended their search without making any arrests that day and Meade was driving back to headquarters which was when he claimed to see Goodson driving and waving a gun, pointing it at another driver. Meade, who was in plainclothes, began following Goodson in an unmarked car.
Apparently unaware he was being followed, Goodson pulled into his home and parked his car, then walked to the side of the house to enter the side door which was when he was shot and killed. Meade claimed he ordered Goodson to drop the gun but Goodson instead pointed the gun at him.
However, there are no witnesses or video evidence to collaborate that claim and it does not appear likely considering Goodson was shot in the back.
The Deputy’s History of Violence
Meade was hired by the sheriff’s office in 2003 after serving three years in the U.S. Marines as a machine gunner, receiving medals for his marksmanship, the lawsuit states.
Starting in 2007 and lasting four years, he was placed on “no inmate contact status” where he was not allowed to have any contact with inmates in the county jail because he was overly aggressive towards them.
Over the years, he continued receiving marksmanship training for which he showed great enthusiasm but barely attended any training sessions on ethics or deescalation techniques. The lawsuit states that Meade received more than 200 hours of training related to firearms since 2017 without a single training session on ethics, Constitutional law or de-escalation techniques.
The last time he participated in such training sessions was back in 2014 when he was supposed to take an online course titled “Victims with Special Needs” that was supposed to last from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. but he finished it in less than two minutes.
That same year, he took another online course titled “Deescalating Mental Health Crises” which was also supposed to last all day but he finished it in three minutes and 54 seconds, according to the lawsuit.
At one point he was promoted to detective but was then demoted when it was determined he was “content with only doing the absolute bare minimum,” showing little regard to solve any crimes that involved actual victims.
It is clear from the recording below that the only thing he was enthusiastic about is being a violent bully under the delusion he was doing God’s work.
The first 1:30 minutes in the recording below is from a video called “Connecting with the Community” that was posted on YouTube by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in 2018 and has since been removed. The remainder of the recording is from the 2018 Baptist convention mentioned above.