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Feds investigating after US black man fatally shot by deputy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Casey Goodson Jr., 23, was shot and killed while entering his home on Dec. 4. (File photo)

US federal authorities are investigating a shooting of a black man by a deputy officer in Columbus, Ohio last week.

Casey Goodson Jr., 23, was shot and killed while entering his home on Dec. 4 by a 17-year veteran of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, identified as deputy Jason Meade.

Goodson was shot by Meade, who was involved in a search for violent offenders, despite not being a target.

While police said Goodson waived a gun at Meade when he drove by his police car, prompting him to open fire after the black man refused to drop the gun, the man’s family said he was returning from a dentist appointment and had a Subway sandwich in his hand.

“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. A gun was recovered from Mr. Goodson,” the Columbus Division of Police said.

However, Goodson’s family co-counsel Sean L. Walton said, "Casey had the screen door open and his keys in the door and Deputy Jason Meade fired shots at Casey."

Law firm Walton + Brown said that Goodson was “shot and killed as he unlocked his door and entered his home.” The firm said his death “was witnessed by his 72-year-old grandmother and two toddlers who were near the door.”

"[Meade] took an oath to serve and protect and clearly that's not what he does. ... Therefore, I want justice for my son," Goodson's mother, Tamala Payne, told ABC News Prime.

David DeVillers, US Attorney for Southern District of Ohio, said in a statement that his office will work with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, as well as the Cincinnati Division of the FBI and the Columbus Division of Police, as part of the investigation.

The officials “take appropriate action if the evidence indicates any federal civil rights laws were violated,” DeVillers added.

Police-involved shootings and killings of black men have recently led to mass protests and violent clashes in major cities across the US, including Portland, Oregon, for the killing of African-American, George Floyd.

Floyd was killed at the hands of a white police officer in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.

His death sparked protests across the country, but in Portland, anti-racism protesters remained on the streets practically every night for several months, and prompted President Donald Trump to deploy his federal agents to crackdown on demonstrators.

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