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$400,000 settlement reached in lawsuit against former police chief

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- The family of a man who was shot to death by a Eutawville police chief has settled their lawsuit against him and the town, according to a release from the family's attorney.

The attorney announced a $400,000 civil settlement was awarded to the family of Bernard Bailey.

The wrongful death lawsuit was brought by the victim's estate against the Town of Eutawville and former Police Chief Richard Combs back in 2012.

Bernard Bailey was shot and killed on May 2, 2011 while sitting in his pickup truck in the parking lot of the Eutawville Town Hall.

Bailey reportedly went to town hall to fight a traffic ticket. He was a retired corrections officer.

Investigators said Bailey was shot three times as he tried to drive away, with Combs saying he was trapped between Bailey's truck and the vehicle's door. The family's attorney later said Combs was saying racial epithets to 54-year-old Bailey when he shot him.

A state prosecutor had said federal authorities decided not to pursue charges against Combs, but then he was indicted last summer for unnecessarily using deadly force.



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