Whiteville man arrested in Lumberton officer’s shooting death

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Submitted: Wed, 07/18/2012 - 1:15pm
Updated: Wed, 07/18/2012 - 3:35pm

LUMBERTON, NC (AP) — A Columbus County man has been arrested and charged with killing a Lumberton police officer.

Twenty-seven-year-old Marques Ramon Brown of Whiteville was charged with murder Tuesday night.

He is accused of shooting Master Police Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr. at a gas station just off Interstate 95 late Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old officer was off-duty when he saw a man wanted on other charges. Authorities say he waited for another officer before approaching the suspect’s car. As the officers walked up, authorities say the suspect began shooting, and Goodson was struck several times. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Goodson had been with the police department since 2006.

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  • Rob Co says:

    You must have voted for Obama with a dumb comment like that. Typical left winger dont know nothing just talking to hear yourself talk. Your mother have any children that lived? WE ARE COPS 24/7!!!!!!

  • noplclkhmlbg says:

    The murderer can say, “Kiss my butt goodbye”. Could he possibly have thought that life or the death penalty are better options than what he would have faced by surrendering.

  • angryGuest says:

    I find it sad to see here and still be hearing where its being said he souldnt have been doing anything off duty. The first problem is the news report. There were two people who actually saw what happened and the others running outside to be on tv said whatever they thought they heard the real witness say. He never tried to go up to that boy. As soon as he stepped out of the car he was gunned down. That boy was leaned all the way back in the seat waiting on the two girls in the store to buy their beer and blunt wraps. He sat up and shot him with his hand hung out the window and the drivers infant daughter in the back seat. Words were never exchanged. He didnt know he was in that car at the second. Its been two months. Ill tell it if i want, seems they want to let the press and the tv hungry low lives have everyone think thats what happened. That boy needs to die. He has ruined so many peoples lives including mine. The officer did nothing wrong.NOTHING!

  • tweety12 says:

    Really,thats the best you could come of with.Are you talking to hear yourself……Sound like a little kid.

  • GuestV says:

    According to the article posted on this yesterday Ofcr. Goodson was off-duty at the time he was shot; He had waited for an on-duty officer to arrive then attempted to assist in the arrest of Brown. As sad as this situation is, Ofcr. Goodson should not have been further attempting to assist in the arrest after the on-duty officer arrived. Goodson brought this on himself by going into a potentially volatile situation without the proper equipment, i.e. a bullet-proof vest, etc. If policy permits Goodson police authority while off-duty there is a need to revise officer protocols when it comes to off-duty work as they are putting the safety of themselves and the public at risk.

  • guesty says:

    I hope he is executed. I’m waiting on all the police bashers to come on here and spout off what an easy job it is being an officer. nchilltopper, ILM NATIVE and a few others are usually the first to post negative comments about police.

  • Tim says:

    My Hreat goes out to the family and fellow Officers,
    It’s things like this that happen because of such WEAK,Stupid officials like Sen. Tom Apodaca and other who chose to give SCUM like this IDIOT carry ILEGALLY and Chose to Block laws that give Legal Law Abiding Citizens to protect ourselfs. This Officer was on his day off and STILL doing his job. HERO in my Book.. Sorry POS!!! Hope they HEAT UP THE CHAIR for this A$$Whole!!! Things will never change until People like Sen.Tom Apodaca learn to do their JOBS and STOP PROTECTING THE SCUM THAT KILL PEOPLE!!!!

  • Karla Marx says:

    I train officers in the prevention of the use of excessive force and the mean-spirited answer from the police officer is troubling because it indicates that he is ignorant and feels superior – a worrisome combination. I am concerned that he has a tendency to use excessive force.

  • Marianna King says:

    Another volatile officer who is sworn to protect and serve but it sounds like s/he would have a tendency to use excessive force.

  • portcity rider says:

    The sad about your comment,is that you are serious.He brought this on himself,fellow you are a jack@@@@@@@@@@s two time.

  • 381 says:

    So if a gas station was getting robbed Officer Goodson shouldn’t intervene if he is off duty? If a person wanted for lewd acts on a child was getting in a taxi Officer Goodwin shouldn’t intervene and take immediate action? Officers are always on duty even when off duty. I understand you can play the what if’s all day long but, the point is Officer Goodson was only doing what most people would never think of doing. It’s comments like this that are true to an extent but are said in a way that makes cops look stupid and he is dead. He is dead and you are alive and all you can say like you know something “there needs to be revised officer protocols”. I mean come on REALLY.

  • Truthseeker says:

    In response to your comment about being off duty. Off duty means not patroling, not in uniform, not performing regular police duties. It does not mean you ignore your sworn duty to enforce laws when you see them. Wilmington Police are allowed to use their Patrol Cars off duty in order to have a presence and available to assist in a situation where they are needed then, not waiting for on duty Officers to arrive. Police authority does not stop when not in uniform. It is an active authority when operating in their jurisdiction all the time. What you want a off duty Officer to do if he sees that you are being robbed or assaulted? You want him or her to stop and assist or keep driving since he is “Off duty”. You need to get your head out your butt and realize whether on duty or off crime fighting is 24 hours!

  • Guestrealitycheck says:

    To GuestV: Dear Mr. Ostrich, please place your head back in the sand. Good job MPO Goodson, rest in peace now, we’ll take it from here.

  • Charles Walters says:

    They need to catch this fool dig a deep hole shoot this idiot,push him in,and fill it up and save the taxpayers the time and money of an expensive trial.

  • Guest111 says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of this officer. My sincere sympathy to his family and law enforcement in general.

  • I don’t understand nephew, Jeremiah Goodson is dead, shot MULTIPLE times doing his job even while off duty and the back up he called (following proper procedure) allowed him to be shot 5-7 times and did not react? Baffled! I served as a Soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan and we trained constantly and consistently for the most dangerous scenarios and training always drove our reactions. You can’t convince me that officers of the law haven’t receive training on this scenario. I’m at a loss for words. I don’t like to speculate, but I also heard from family members who I’ll keep anonymous that if it was for a third officer who was off duty who heard the gunshots and ran toward them, the suspect, sorry, I meant murderer would have gotten away. What has society come to when a police officer is brutally slain in the midst of another officer and while the shooter goes to jail and gets to live for the next 10 to 20 years in prison before being executed. My nephew leaves behind a wife, a daughter, and a daughter who is due withing the week, who will never know her father! My nephew died honorably, but some and I stress some, not all, around him did not act honorably. I pray that the suspect comes to know Christ as his Savior, but in the same token, I hope he gets the death penalty and executed quickly, instead of wasting tax payers dollars to feed and house him (not to mention the money due process costs) for the next 20 years.

    Dwayne Goodson

  • taxpayer says:

    knowing there’s a special place in Hell for Marques Brown. Unfortunately, we the taxpayers will be paying 10’s of 1000’s every year to keep this mutt fed, clothed, and housed.

  • Guest3293 says:

    A Lumberton website indicated that the assisting officer held the suspect at gun point until other officers arrived. In my opinion, the heck with innocent until proven quilty. This idiot took the life of a husband whose wife was expecting their second child, a father, a son, and other family. The low life scumb should be denied another meal and hung by his balls to rot die on the lawn of the county courthouse.

    My heartfelt condolences to Officer Goodson’s family.

  • Donna Little says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the off duty policeman who was shot and killed. My prayers go out to the wife who is with child, also his entire family. A person who’s job is to protect us from people as such, it just shows us how cold-hearted and cruel people are. I also will pray for the one who killed him and his family, because he is gone for a very long time.

  • Guest461 says:

    A crazed, desparate and cold-blooded killer. The worst thing a police office can encounter. They don’t care, they have no conscience and they will kill without thought.

    My prayers go out to Officer Goodson and my sympathy goes out to his family for their great loss. It is such a shame this criminal wasn’t able to at least share the same fate!

  • Guest12132 says:

    Officer should not have been involved in this type of arrest while off duty. I am sure he did not have on a vest and duty belt and was most likely out of uniform. He should have called in and maybe followed suspect but should have left the rest to uniformed on duty officers. Lots of stories lately all over the country about off duty cops getting killed. Maybe a different story if someone was in danger but that does not sound like the case.

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