A family member of the Richmond man killed Sunday night during a custody exchange at a police station in Chesterfield County says his relative died "trying to be a good father."
"Now this one just pissed me off!!" Earl Jeffries posted on Facebook Monday morning, just hours after the death of 33-year-old Stuart Jeffries. "Cuz was shot and killed trying to be a good father. There are so many unnecessary killings going on in our community. We have so many so-called wanna-be gangstas that will kill someone over stupid mess!"
County police said Jeffries was shot once after he reportedly got into an argument with a man accompanying the mother of Jeffries' child. That man, identified as Corey D. Goodson Sr., 44, of Henrico County, has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the police station on state Route 10 in Chester. Police said Jeffries had agreed to meet the child's mother there for a custodial exchange when the argument was believed to have started. After a brief exchange, police claim Goodson shot Jeffries once.
The child and the child's mother were not injured, police said.
"Killing someone doesn’t make you a man, but walking away does!" Earl Jeffries posted on his Facebook account. "A punk can pull the trigger, y’all are only proving that you are what society think young black men are and that is stupid!! If you don’t like someone then don’t fool with them. If you feel like you need protection to go to certain places then don’t go to those places.
"It takes a real man to solve there problems without violence."
A county police officer whose last name is Dean was sitting in his car in the lot when he heard the shooting, Chesterfield Police spokesperson Elizabeth Caroon said in an email. The officer ran in the direction where the shot was heard and found Jeffries lying on the pavement. Reports indicated he was killed instantly.
In a statement Chesterfield Police Chief Col. Jeffrey Katz lamented "this tragic loss of life" in the station parking lot. He praised the police officer for using what he called "a sufficient command bearing and verbal de-escalation techniques to bring a chaotic situation to order" without using physical force.
"Officer Dean's courageous and decisive actions prevented further violence, protected bystanders, and eliminated any ongoing threat to our community," Katz said in the statement. "While saddened by this tragic loss of life, I am very proud of him.”
At last report, Goodson was being held without bond in the Chesterfield County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could be pending.
"Police continue to investigate whether Goodson was permitted to possess the firearm used in the shooting and, if not, how that firearm came to be in his possession," Caroon wrote in the email.
A check of court cases in Richmond and Henrico County linked a person matching Goodson's description to several charges, including attempted murder and weapons charges dating as far back as 1999.
Bill Atkinson (he/him/his) is daily news coach for USA TODAY's Southeast Region-Unified Central, which includes Virginia, West Virginia and central North Carolina. He is based in Petersburg, Virginia. Reach him at email@example.com.
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