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Death penalty sought in shooting death of Lumberton officer

Posted July 18, 2012

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— Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt said Wednesday that he plans to seek the death penalty against a man charged in the shooting death of a Lumberton police officer.

Marques Ramon Brown, 27, is charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond in the Cumberland County jail for safekeeping, but he made a brief court appearance via video in Lumberton on Wednesday morning.

Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr., 32, was shot Tuesday morning in front of Xpress Depot, a combination Dairy Queen and Shell gas station at 5030 Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, which is a couple of blocks from Exit 22 off Interstate 95.

Police said Goodson, who was off duty, spotted someone who had outstanding warrants and called on-duty officers for help. As Officer Ronnie Hayes was pulling into the parking lot in his patrol car, Goodson got out of his vehicle and approached the wanted man.

The man then opened fire on Goodson, and Hayes took the gunman into custody, police said.

Goodson was pronounced dead at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, marking the first time in more than 70 years that a Lumberton police officer had been killed while doing his job.

Brown was wanted on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to appear in court, police said.

He has a criminal record dating to 2004, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records. He was released from prison in 2007 after serving two years and seven months for a felony breaking and entering conviction, and he also has been convicted of larceny, possession of stolen goods, receiving and possessing a firearm and misdemeanor breaking and entering, according to department records.

Lumberton police badge with black band Lumberton officers vow support for family of slain comrade

During the court hearing Wednesday, Brown asked for a court-appointed attorney. Several Lumberton police officers wore black bands on their badges as they watched the proceeding.

"(There's) a lot of emotion," Sgt. Don Ward said of seeing Brown in court. "Jeremiah was a very good person. He was a dedicated officer. He was a dedicated husband. He was definitely a family man, and he was dedicated to his department."

Goodson had been with the Lumberton Police Department for about six years, was a member of the gang unit and worked at Lumberton High School as a school resource officer, officials said.

Goodson is survived by a wife, Lametria, and 2-year-old daughter, and his wife is expecting the couple's second child any day now. Police Chief Michael McNeill said he visited with Lametria Goodson Tuesday night and that she was dealing with her husband's death as best she could.

"She's in good spirits. Her mother is in good spirits. I asked her about the baby and herself, and she said they both are doing fine," McNeill said. "I told them last night, I said, 'Listen, we're going to be with you now and then we're going t be with you throughout this whole process and then after this process because that is our family.'"

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  • Blueeyedblonde82 Jul 20, 8:52 a.m.

    Please keep Jeremiah's family in your thoughts and prayers in the upcoming days. Also remember all of us who worked with him, his fellow law enforcement workers, EMS and fire. We will all truly miss him.

  • roaddog3 Jul 19, 6:45 p.m.

    Nothing is going to ever change in this world until we stop the people who keeps protecting these criminals. You do this by getting out and voting.

  • gunny462 Jul 19, 3:58 p.m.

    "I assure you that many officers call for backup even at simple traffic stops. I'm certain that this off duty officer thought he was doing the right thing, and he may well have been, but it was a right thing that turned out very wrong"

    "ncgayatheist - If I was an off duty officer, I would NEVER approach someone with an outstanding warrant on the street. People make good choices and bad choices. In this case, the officer made a mortal one"

    Yup.. nothing like a little flip flop.

    And gay, you may want to read the article FIRST next time before making a cop bashing comment such as you have been.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jul 19, 3:22 p.m.

    LIFE IN PRISON AND NO PAROLE!!

  • dsalter Jul 19, 3:12 p.m.

    He called for a backup...the backup arrived and drove into the parking lot...then he made his approach to the car. Had the other officer dismounted his vehicle or not has not been stated that I know of. The police chief said it was mandatory for all off duty police officers to call for a backup when they were attempting an arrest of this magnitude.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 19, 2:54 p.m.

    even slang has a correct spelling

    I stand corrected again. Spelling is obviously not my thing.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jul 19, 2:54 p.m.

    Life in prison and no parole ever is so much better. Taking a life is not going to bring the deceased back.

  • Coretta Scott Thing Jul 19, 2:24 p.m.

    Oh no a socialist spelling cop! Help. BTW no unlike you guys I admit when wrong so whop-t-do I misspelled a word. Not the first time not the last.

    Whoop-de-doo even slang has a correct spelling.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 19, 2:15 p.m.

    DELUSIONAL, not dillusional. The spelling hasn't changed since yesterday. I guess even when a a liberal is correct, you would still rather be in the wrong,.... just out of principle. Funny how you and comeonnow both consistently misspell that one word in the exactly same way.

    Oh no a socialist spelling cop! Help. BTW no unlike you guys I admit when wrong so whop-t-do I misspelled a word. Not the first time not the last.

  • Coretta Scott Thing Jul 19, 2:05 p.m.

    It's sick isn't it? We can only wish that the dillusional libs on here whining about true justice will not receive the help of these brave hero's. ncouterbanks69

    DELUSIONAL, not dillusional. The spelling hasn't changed since yesterday. I guess even when a a liberal is correct, you would still rather be in the wrong,.... just out of principle. Funny how you and comeonnow both consistently misspell that one word in the exactly same way.

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