Jason Meade

Jason Meade, who is white and a former deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office (FCSO), was charged with two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide in connection with the December 4, 2020 shooting death of 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr, a Black man who was entering his grandmother's home in Columbus, Ohio. Meade was working with a U.S. Marshals task force searching for a wanted fugitive when he claims he saw Goodson waving a gun erratically from inside his car so then followed him. Meade alleges that as Goodson stood outside the door of his grandmother's house, where he lived, Goodson had a pistol in his right hand and a plastic bag in his left hand. Meade said he screamed at Goodson several times to show his hands but his commands were ignored. When Goodson eventually turned to face the former deputy, Meade alleges Goodson pointed the barrel of the gun in Meade's direction, so the deputy fired his weapon. Goodson was shot five times in the back and six times in total.