Franklin County deputy Jason Meade planning to retire

June 5, 2021

Franklin County Sheriff's SWAT deputy Jason Meade, who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. in December, plans to retire next month.

Sheriff Dallas Baldwin's office confirmed Friday afternoon that Deputy Jason Meade will be leaving on disability retirement, effective July 2.

Meade, a 17-year veteran, has been on administrative leave since the shooting. In a prepared statement, Baldwin said Meade's retirement status was out of his hands.

Franklin County Sheriff's SWAT deputy Jason Meade has been on administrative leave since he fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. in December.

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"Law enforcement disability decisions are governed by state law and made by the pension system," Baldwin said. "As sheriff, I have no control or input over what the pension system decides with this or any other disability case."

Goodson, 23, was fatally shot Dec. 4 as he was confronted by Meade outside his family's home. Meade alleged that Goodson waved a gun at Meade after the deputy had been working as part of an unsuccessful federal fugitive task force search for a suspect nearby, so the deputy followed him to his residence on the 3900 block of Estates Place in the Northland area.