Family of teen killed by police petitions state’s high court

The 19-year-old was unarmed and was shot and killed outside a fast food restaurant in Seneca on July 26th during an undercover drug sting.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The family of a South Carolina teen killed by police during an apparent drug bust wants the state’s highest court to get involved in the case and remove the local prosecutor.

In documents filed Tuesday, the parents of Zachary Hammond say the state Supreme Court should declare that Solicitor Chrissy Adams has a conflict of interest because the 19-year-old was shot by a police officer.

Seneca police Lt. Mark Tiller has said he shot Hammond during the July 26 incident because he felt threatened as the teen drove his car at him. Hammond’s family has said he was shot through the driver’s side window from behind, indicating there was no danger to the officer.

Both the officer and the teen are white. Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice said it would investigate the shooting.

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