The family of Zachary Hammond and the City of Seneca have settled a lawsuit over the shooting death, according to a news release by Eric Bland, the attorney for the family.
He issued the following statement:
“The family of Zachary Hammond, along with the City of Seneca, the Seneca Police Department, Chief John Covington and Lt. Mark Tiller are hereby announcing that the civil litigation involving the death of Zachary Hammond has settled for total payments to the Estate of Zachary Hammond in the amount of $2,150,000.00. There will be no further legal proceedings between the parties. Rather than endure a lengthy litigation process, both parties agree that an early resolution will allow a platform for healing for the Hammond family and the City of Seneca that is outside the spotlight of litigation.”
Hammond was shot and killed by Tiller during a drug investigation into the passenger in his car on July 26, 2015.
Solicitor Chrissy Adams said that Tiller was justified in the shooting because he feared for his life. The state did not press charges.
Tiller could face federal charges pending the outcome of an investigation with the Department of Justice.
Why a settlement was reached is not yet known.
Mark Tiller was slated to undergo a video deposition, Friday, in connection with the Hammond’s lawsuit. Now that will not happen.
Meanwhile, the judge presiding over the civil lawsuit for Zachary Hammond ordered the PR Firm Complete PR to release all documents to Hammond’s family attorney, last week.
Complete PR was hired to represent Seneca Police after the fatal shooting of Hammond.
The law firm representing Seneca Police argued that the emails and documents were client privilege. The Judge read over the documents and ordered that they should be turned over for the case by March 25th.
The Hammonds have announced a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Greenville to discuss the settlement, the documents and their plans moving forward.