Cop Shot Teen Twice in the Back During Weed Arrest – Then Didn’t Even Report It
A police officer in South Carolina fatally shot a 19-year-old in the back, the victim’s family’s attorney says.
On Sunday, 19-year-old Zachary Hammond was killed by an undercover officer after he arranged a weed deal in a Hardee’s parking lot.
Hammond was reportedly driving the car with 23-year-old Tori Morton, who had arranged the deal, alongside him.
The officer searched the car and found a bag of marijuana.
According to Police Chief John Covington, the officer felt threatened after Hammond drove at him and the officer fired into the driver’s side window, killing the teen.
Despite the violent incident, the officer did not mention the shooting in his report.
Hammond’s family’s attorney, Eric Bland, contends the police findings saying the autopsy showed the teen was shot in the back and the car was not moving.
According to the autopsy, the first bullet hit Hammond in the back of the left shoulder and the second one hit him on a downward angle into his side.
“The shots were so close in proximity to each other that it would be physically impossible unless the car was stopped and the officer came up very close to an open window,” Bland said. “Picture a car going 20 miles an hour and I’m fortunate enough to get a shot off, and I hit you – there’s no way I can get the second shot if the car’s going 20 miles an hour.”
Covington says, “The attorney wasn’t there either. He’s got to put his spin on things. I understand that.”
The officer has been put on paid leave pending an investigation.