Seneca city officials hired a PR firm to handle public inquiries regarding the shooting of Zachary Hammond. A witness came forward describing officers planting evidence under Hammond’s body and high-fiving his dead hand after the shooting. According to Seneca Police Chief John Covington, Hammond drove toward Lt. Tiller in an attempt to murder him.
|19-year-old Zachary Hammond.|
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A South Carolina police officer won’t face any charges in the shooting death of an unarmed man during a drug bust.
Prosecutors declined to charge Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller in the July 26 shooting death of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond as he attempted to drive away from the officer in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.
RELATED STORY: Cops Refuse To Release Video of Shooting of Unarmed Teen — They Hired A PR Firm InsteadInvestigators finally released dashboard camera video, which shows Tiller park his patrol car directly behind the car where Hammond and a friend, Tori Morton, were eating food while on a first date.Video shows the officer get out of his patrol car and draw his gun as Hammond backs up and attempts to drive around the approaching Tiller.
“Hands up, stop, stop, stop,” the officer screams at Hammond.
The officer gets close enough to Hammond’s car to place his hand on the hood before he can turn the wheel and switch gears to drive forward past the officer — who is leaning into the open driver’s side window with his handgun drawn.
Hammond continues driving as the officer keeps his hand on the car’s hood, and Tiller steps back once — out of the car’s path — and opens fire twice less than 6 seconds after getting out of his patrol car in the Hardee’s parking lot.
An independent autopsy found that Hammond had been shot twice, once in the left shoulder from behind and once in the left side of his chest.
A witness said Tiller pulled Hammond’s body from the car, went to the rear of his patrol car and pulled something out that he placed under the slain driver’s body.