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Autopsy: Shot to chest killed Lumberton officer

Posted July 27, 2012

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— A Lumberton police officer was shot four times, and a shot to the left side of his chest was the fatal wound, according to the results of an autopsy.

Dr. Richard Johnson of Southeast Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, who conducted the autopsy, said Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Goodson, 32, was hit a second time in the chest, but Johnson declined to release the location of the other two wounds, citing the family's right to privacy.

Goodson was off duty on July 17 when he spotted a man wanted for outstanding warrants at Xpress Depot, a gas station at 5030 Fayetteville Road. As he approached, the man opened fire and killed him, but another officer immediately detained the gunman.

Marques Ramon Brown, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the case and is being held without bond in the Cumberland County jail for safekeeping. Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt has said he plans to seek the death penalty against Brown.

Hundreds of people paid their respects to Goodson at his funeral Tuesday morning at Lumberton High School, where he had been a school resource officer.

Goodson served six years on the Lumberton police force and was a member of the gang unit.

He is survived by his wife, Lametria, who is expecting the couple's second child, and a 2-year-old daughter.

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  • miseem Jul 27, 2012

    I think the death penalty should be reserved for cases where there is no doubt about guilt, not just because an over zealous prosecutor convinces a jury of guilt on hearsay or prison snitches getting a lighter sentence. However, this appears to be a case where guilt can be proven. Don't care how bad a childhood this person had. If found guilty, he deserves execution, and sooner rather than later.

  • SomeRandomGuy Jul 27, 2012

    I am still waiting for more information, like was the officer in plain clothes when he approached? Was he armed? Why didnt he let on-duty officers handle it?

  • 2BFair Jul 27, 2012

    The autopsy was performed to provide as evidence in trial against the defendant. It offers specific information as to how Officer Goodson died and is simply a formality. However, everything must be in order lest some defense attorney try to argue some ridiculous cause of death like you just mentioned. Think it's outrageous? Have you heard some of the defenses these criminal aids come up with?!

  • miyata Jul 27, 2012

    Wow.. You had to an autopsy to find that out? Are you sure it wasn't just a case of lead poisoning?...aknowlton1499

    Just cut it out!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 27, 2012

    Never had a chance with that guy. Just take him out and shoot him.

    Praying for those who loved the officer and those who served with him.

    Now two mamas cry for their sons because one of them didn't raise theirs right.

  • didisaythat Jul 27, 2012

    I am for the death penalty and it is cases like this that make me for it and wonder what the one's against it are thinking.

  • Half Red Half Blue Jul 27, 2012

    Wow.. You had to an autopsy to find that out? Are you sure it wasn't just a case of lead poisoning?

  • SmokeWagon Jul 27, 2012

    ..."Officer Jeremiah Goodson, 32, was hit a second time in the chest, but Johnson declined to release the location of the other two wounds, citing the family's right to privacy...."

    Ummmmm, so lets see...the chest wound is NOT private...but the other 2 ARE private..????

  • kbrianf Jul 27, 2012

    I am against the death penalty, but cases like this one really challenge my feelings on capital punishment. Sad, sad, sad.

  • Obamacare Jul 27, 2012

    Um, I could have told you that.