Investigation continues after Eutawville police chief fatally shoots man

EUTAWVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The State Law Enforcement Division is still investigating Monday's fatal shooting in front of the Eutawville Town Hall.

Authorities say Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs shot and killed 54-year-old Bernard Bailey three times Monday morning. The Orangeburg County Coroner's Office says Bailey was shot twice in the chest and once in the shoulder. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Investigators have not said why Combs shot Bailey, but Combs was placed on paid administrative leave pending SLED's investigation.

"Chief Richard Combs has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation," said Eutawville Mayor Margaret Akers in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Combs was just months into the job in Eutawville before the shooting. Combs is the only member of the Eutawville Police Department. Akers said the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office will temporarily provide law enforcement services to Eutawville during the investigation.

Prior to working with Eutawville, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy says Combs worked with the Elloree Police Department. Before that he was with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office. The academy says he had been terminated from Orangeburg County for violation of agency policy not involving misconduct, good character or moral turpitude.

[Click here to read more on the officer-involved shooting and Combs' prior termination]

Bernard Bailey, the 54-year-old man shot to death in front of the Eutawville Town Hall on Monday, was a retired corrections officer from a state facility in Dorchester County.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says that for 22 years, from 1984 to 2006, Bailey worked at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville. The facility is a level three, all male facility that maintains death row for the entire state. A spokesman says he retired from the SCDC.

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