Tyler Goodson of the ‘S-Town’ podcast was killed in a police shootout

Tyler Goodson, a key figure in the popular podcast series “S-Town,” died Sunday after being shot during a standoff with police at a home in Woodstock, Ala., southwest of Birmingham, authorities said Monday.

Police responded to a call after midnight Sunday at a home in Woodstock, where they found Mr. Goodson barricaded inside, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said. A standoff ensued between Mr. Goodson and law enforcement officers from several agencies, during which Mr. Goodson “brandished a gun at the officers,” the agency said.

Mr Goodson, 32, was shot and later pronounced dead, the agency said.

It was unclear who killed Mr Goodson. Additional details about the confrontation and shooting have not been released.

Woodstock Mayor Jeff Dodson said in a statement Monday that “everyone wants answers and details, including me.”

“I knew and loved Tyler well, his family and this community,” Mr. Dodson said. “That love extends far beyond the S-Town podcast. Remember at this point that he is much more than a character to the fans who loved him. This young man was a father, son, brother and friend to many.”

Members of Mr. Goodson’s family, including his mother and sister, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said the shooting is under investigation and its findings will be forwarded to local authorities.

“S-Town” was a hit when it was released in 2017, with listeners downloading it 16 million times in its first week and later winning Peabody Award.

The series follows a man named John B. McLemore who hated his hometown of Woodstock, Ala., and turned to “This American Life” producer Brian Reed for help investigating the son of a wealthy family who claimed to have gotten away with with murder.

The series was created by the producers of “This American Life” and Serial Productions, which was acquired by The New York Times Company in 2020.

Mr. Goodson featured prominently in the series, and had a close friendship with Mr. McLemore. The podcast takes a turn at the beginning of the series, when listeners discover that Mr. McLemore died by suicide after drinking cyanide.

“He’s pretty much the only dad I have,” Mr. Goodson said in Episode 3, describing his fatherly relationship with Mr. McLemore.

Listeners later learn that Mr. McLemore intended to leave his belongings to Mr. Goodson although he left no legal will. Mr. Goodson was later charged with stealing items he claimed were his from the McLemore estate.

“S-Town” also came under scrutiny because it was released after Mr. McLemore died, and critics expressed concern that he did not agree to share private details about his life. Mr. McLemore’s estate filed a lawsuit against “S-Town” and its associates in 2018, alleging that the show’s producers exploited Mr. McLemore. The lawsuit was later settled.

Kirsten Noyes contributed to the research.

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