Master Police Officer
Lumberton Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 17, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Michael McNeill
Lumberton Police Department
1305 Godwin Avenue
Lumberton, NC 28358
Phone: (910) 671-3845
Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to arrest a homicide suspect at a local gas station in the 5000 block of Fayetteville Road.
Officer Goodson, who was off duty, was at the gas station and recognized the subject as being wanted for homicide. He called the police department and notified other officers of the subject’s location. Another officer arrived and the two began to approach the car the subject was sitting in. The man opened fire from inside the vehicle, striking Officer Goodson in the chest. The second officer and other responding units took the man into custody.
Officer Goodson had served with the Lumberton Police Department for six years. He is survived by his expectant wife and one child.
LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) – Lumberton officials have released the name of the off-duty Lumberton Police officer shot and killed after spotting a wanted suspect Tuesday morning.
Captain Johnny Barnes with the Lumberton Police Department tells WMBF News that one officer was shot on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton Tuesday morning.
Sharon Hunt, Administrative Assistant to Lumberton’s City Manager, says that off-duty officer is 33-year-old Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr.
Barnes details that Goodson spotted a wanted suspect in a vehicle at the Express Depot on Fayetteville Road around 11 a.m.
Goodson proceeded to call for assistance, and waited for back-up to arrive before pulling up to the suspect’s car.
At that time, Barnes says, the wanted suspect began firing shots from his vehicle. At least one of those shots wounded Goodson.
The patrol officer that responded to assist held the suspect at gunpoint until he was taken into custody, Barnes says.
Goodson was transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Hunt tells WMBF News that Goodson’s wife is expecting a child.
Goodson transferred to the police department from public works in 2006, and has been employed with the city since 2000. He most recently held the rank of Master Police Officer, Hunt recalls.
During a press conference, Police Chief Michael McNeil referred to Goodson as a gang officer.
Police have not yet released the name of the wanted suspect, or what charges were pending before the shooting.
Noelle Talley with the North Carolina Department of Justice confirms that the NC State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the shooting investigation.
WMBF News has a crew on the scene to provide those late-breaking details as they become available.