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“Loved” S-Town Podcast Star Tyler Goodson Killed During Police Standoff in Alabama

“Please remember at this time that he is so much more than a character to the fans who loved him," Woodstock Mayor Jeff Dodson said after Joseph Tyler Goodson was killed during a police standoff.

By Dorian Geiger
Tyler Goodson stands at the grave of his friend in Alabama

An Alabama man who rose to fame after appearing on the award-winning podcast S-Town was shot and killed during a police standoff over the weekend, according to officials.

Joseph Tyler Goodson, 32, was fatally shot by police officers after arming himself with a gun and barricading himself inside a house, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said on Monday. According to the state agency, the Woodstock Police Department initially responded to a “call for service” early on Sunday morning, which ultimately sparked the standoff, The Associated Press reported. Goodson was later shot dead by officers.

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It’s unclear, however, why local law enforcement was dispatched to the residence to begin with. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency didn’t disclose the reason for the police response in its statement this week.

What happened to S-Town podcast star Joseph Tyler Goodson?

“A multitude of law enforcement officers from various agencies responded to the scene to assist,” the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement. “During the course of the incident, Goodson brandished a gun at officers. Goodson was shot and later pronounced deceased."

State authorities are currently reviewing the incident. No further information was readily available. 

Amidst the deadly encounter, however, Goodson appeared to post on social media.

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What did S-Town podcast star Joseph Tyler Goodson post on social media during the police standoff in which he was killed?

"Police bout to shoot me down in my own yard," a Facebook message posted from Goodson's account early Sunday morning read, CBS affiliate WIAT-TV reported.

Goodson appeared on the 2017 podcast, S-Town. The series focused on antique clock restorer John B. McLemore — and rumors of murder swirling around a wealthy family in the rural reaches of Woodstock, Alabama. McLemore, however, died by suicide before the series was launched. Since its release, S-Town won a Peabody Award and has been downloaded more than 100 million times.

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In the podcast’s third episode, Goodson referred to McLemore as a father figure.

“Because you know, I ain’t ever had no daddy worth a damn,” Goodson said on S-Town. “He’s just about the only daddy I’ve got.”

Public officials in Woodstock, a small town of roughly 1,500 people about 35 miles southwest of Birmingham, expressed alarm after news of Goodson’s death broke. 

“I know that everyone wants answers and details, myself included,” Woodstock Mayor Jeff Dodson said in a statement Monday, according to the Associated Press. “Tyler was well known and loved by myself, his family and this community. That love extends far beyond due to the S-Town podcast.” 

In 2017, Goodson pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges after he was caught taking items from McLemore’s property after he’d died. Goodson insisted he was recovering belongings that were his. He received a suspended sentence.

“Please remember at this time that he is so much more than a character to the fans who loved him," Dodson added. "This young man was a father, son, brother and friend to many."