“S-Town” subject Tyler Goodson reportedly killed by police in Alabama

The subject of the true crime podcast reportedly engaged in a multi-hour standoff with authorities.

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Tyler Goodson

Tyler Goodson, a subject of the popular podcast series S-Town, was reportedly shot and killed by police in Woodstock, Ala. on Sunday.

Law enforcement responded to a call to Goodson’s house, where they engaged in a standoff with him for several hours before he was shot, per AL. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told The New York Times that Goodson, 32, barricaded himself in the building and “brandished a gun at officers.” The nature of the initial call to Goodson's home was not released.

It is not clear who shot Goodson, and the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

Representatives for the Woodstock Police Department did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

“I am devastated to let you know that Tyler Goodson was the young man involved [in the shooting],” Woodstock Mayor Jeff Dodson said in a statement, per AL. “Woodstock Police were dispatched to a 911 call, they requested backup upon arrival, and were assisted by multiple agencies. The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is now in charge.

“I know that everyone wants answers and details, myself included. Tyler was well known and loved by myself, his family and this community. That love extends far beyond due to the S-Town podcast,” Dodson continued. “Please 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.”

Goodson was featured in the series S-Town from the producers of This American Life and Serial, in which Brian Reed investigates an alleged murder in Woodstock at the suggestion of local horologist John B. McLemore. Goodson was an employee and friend of McLemore.

Following McLemore's death, Goodson said that his friend left him his estate; however, McLemore did not leave a will. Later, Goodson pleaded guilty to property theft and trespassing on McLemore's property in 2017, receiving a suspended 10-year sentence and 5-year probation.

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