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A man from the popular podcast “S-Town” was shot and murdered by police during a standoff, according to the authorities 2023.

By Jennifer Dec 5, 2023
FILE – Tyler Goodson of the hit podcast "S-Town" stands at the grave in Green Pond, Ala., of his late friend John B. McLemore, who is also featured in the show, on May 3, 2017.Jay Reeves / AP


WOODSTOCK, Alabama β€” Authorities stated on Monday that a guy who was a part of the popular podcast “S-Town,” which followed the goings-on in a small rural Alabama town, was shot and killed by police during a weekend standoff in the hamlet.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said that early on Sunday, Joseph Tyler Goodson, 32, of Woodstock, barricaded himself inside a house and “brandished a gun” at cops, forcing them to shoot and kill him.

According to the agency’s statement, the standoff started when the Woodstock Police Department responded to a “call for service” early on Sunday. Numerous law enforcement organizations arrived at the residence.

A man from the podcast “S-Town” was shot and murdered by police, according to CTV News.

According to the statement, Goodson was shot by the police during the altercation and was later declared deceased.

The reason for the original call to the residence was not disclosed by the state agency.

A posting on Goodson’s Facebook page early on Sunday said, “Police about to shoot me down in my own yard,” according to news sources, WIAT, and al.com.

After examining the incident, the state agency will report its findings to the district attorney of Bibb County.

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The Peabody Award-winning podcast from 2017 chronicled the life of Alabaman John B. McLemore, who took his own life before to the release of the program. The shortened title of the podcast comes from McLemore’s use of profanity to characterize his city.

“S-Town” starts off with the tale of a purported murder as well as another death before concentrating on the eccentric McLemore, an antique clock repair, and his tumultuous connection with the town of Woodstock. It also included a number of persons from his life, including Goodson.

“Because, you know, I’ve never had a dad who was any good. In the podcast’s third episode, Goodson remarked about McLemore, “He’s pretty much the only dad I got.”

Woodstock, with a population of about 1,500 people, is located about 35 miles southwest of the major city of Birmingham.

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

β€œPlease remember at this time that he is so much more than a character to the fans who loved him. This young man was a father, son, brother and friend to many,” the mayor added.

Authorities report that a man from the “S-Town” podcast was shot and killed by police during a standoff. / TheHour

Julie Synder, the executive producer of β€œS-Town” declined to immediately comment when reached by email.

Goodson in 2017 received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to burglary and theft charges accusing him of taking items from McLemore’s property after his death. Goodson, before pleading guilty, had maintained he was retrieving items that belonged to him.

Goodson told The Associated Press in 2017 that the podcast had brought a deluge of attention on him and the town, but neither had done him any favors.

β€œIt’s a sad story, especially if you’re part of it,” Goodson said.

By Jennifer


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