An ex-Ohio sheriff's deputy who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. has been charged with murder

An ex-Ohio sheriff's deputy who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. has been charged with murder
Sheronda Byrd-Givens holds a child while listening to different speakers during Casey Goodson Jr.s birthday Rally.Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
  • Jason Meade has been charged in the fatal shooting of Casey Goodson Jr., WBNS reported.
  • The Former Franklin County sheriff's deputy was charged with murder and reckless homicide.

A former sheriff's deputy in Ohio has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Casey Goodson, Jr.

Former Franklin County Sheriff's deputy Jason Meade was charged with two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide on Thursday, according to Franklin County Court records seen by WBNS.

Meade fatally shot Goodson on December 4, 2020, as the 23-year-old walked in the front door of his grandmother's house in Columbus, Ohio.

An indictment seen by WBNS accuses Meade of "purposely" causing Goodson's death.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office determined in March that Goodson's death was a homicide and that he had been shot five times in the back.


According to the Columbus Police Department, Meade was assigned to a US Marshals Service fugitive task force and was searching for suspects when he saw Goodson.

"During an operation in the Northland area of Columbus, the deputy reported witnessing a man with a gun," the Columbus Police Department said in a statement. "The deputy was investigating the situation, and there are reports of a verbal exchange. The deputy fired at Mr. Casey Goodson, resulting in his death."

But Goodson's family said at the time that Goodson was holding Subway sandwiches he bought for himself and his family. According to the police statement, a gun was also recovered from the scene, and Goodson's family lawyers say Goodson had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Meade turned himself in to law enforcement on Thursday morning, WCMH reported.

His attorney, Mark Rollins, told WCMH that Meade plans to plead not guilty at an arraignment on Friday.


Meade retired from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in July, after being granted disability.