November 17, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division Deputies responded to 7450 NW 110 Street in Chiefland to a domestic disturbance on November 16 at 8:40 pm. Three deputies responded to the scene and were confronted by an armed male subject. After attempting to subdue the suspect with less lethal weapons, two deputies were forced to discharge their firearms at the suspect. Michael Wesley Goodale (7-21-83) was transported to Shands at UF as a trauma alert but did not survive his injuries. At this time there is no further danger to anyone in the neighborhood related to this incident.
Two deputies were injured during the encounter. They were treated and released from a local hospital. Pursuant to LCSO policy, the deputies involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation and the State Attorney’s Office review.
Sheriff McCallum said he is saddened by these events and extends his condolences to the family affected by this incident. He expressed his appreciation for the other agencies that assisted LCSO during the incident and commended the courage and professionalism exhibited by all of the involved personnel.
Further media inquiries should be directed to the FDLE Public Information Officer Gretl Plessinger in the Tallahassee Regional Office.