LUMBERTON — Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot four times and died of a wound to his chest, according to the results of an autopsy.
Goodson was fatally shot on July 17 at the Shell gas station and Xpress Depot on Fayetteville Road while serving a warrant on Marques Ramon Brown, 27. As Goodson approached Brown’s vehicle, Brown began firing, hitting Goodson more than once, according to local authories. He later died at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Richard Johnson, who conducted the autopsy, declined to comment on the location of the other three shots.
“I don’t know how much the police would want me to say,” he said.
Brown has been charged with first-degree murder. District Attorney Johnson Britt plans to seek the death penalty against Brown.
More than 3,000 people lined the streets or attended Goodson’s funeral on Tuesday. He was buried at Gardens of Faith Cemetery after a horse-drawn wagon carrying his casket made its three-mile journey from Lumberton High School, where he was remembered during a ceremony in the gym.
A memorial fund has been created in Lametria Goodson’s name at State Employees Credit Union. Donations can be made by cash, check or money order at either the 4840 Fayetteville Road or the 2739 W. Fifth St. locations.
A Lumberton couple is selling decal stickers memorializing Goodson at several Lumberton businesses, including Pizza Hut, Bryant’s Gun and Pawn, Sassy Gals, the Stomped Grape, the Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office and even the Xpress Depot and Dairy Queen on Fayetteville Road where Goodson was shot.
The stickers cost $4. Amy Mercer, who is selling the stickers with her husband Jamie, said this morning that they have raised about $1,500 for Goodson’s family.
“By the time we sell everything we’ve got … we should be able to give her about $3,500,” Mercer said.
A Facebook group created after Goodson’s death titled “Rest In Peace ~~ Jeremiah Goodson” had more than 1,600 members as of this morning.
Many tributes have also been posted on The Robesonian’s website. Hundreds of condolences for Goodson’s family can also be found at odmp.org, where memorials are posted for fallen officers.