NAACP holds meeting to discuss fatal shooting in Eutawville

EUTAWVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Town of Eutawville held its council meeting Tuesday night, but at the same time, the NAACP held a meeting regarding last week's officer-involved shooting that left one man dead.

According to the Times and Democrat, as the council meeting got under way, 550 people gathered at nearby Springhill Missionary Baptist Church for a meeting called by the local NAACP.

Eutawville Mayor Margaret Akers read a statement at the town's council meeting, saying that State Law Enforcement Division is investigating and would not comment further.

Bernard Bailey, 54, was shot to death in front of the Eutawville Town Hall last week. He was a retired corrections officer from a state facility in Dorchester County.

An autopsy confirmed that Bailey was shot three times, twice in the chest and once in the shoulder. Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

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.

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