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Settlement reached in wrongful death suit against former police chief


A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a 54-year-old man who was shot and killed by a former Eutawville police chief in 2011 has been settled.

Bernard Bailey was controversially slain while in his pickup truck outside of Town Hall by Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs on May 2, 2011, according to Bailey's attorney, Carl B. Grant. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of Bailey against the Town of Eutawville and Combs on October 1, 2012.

Grant announced Tuesday the wrongful death lawsuit has been "resolved and settled."

A press conference has been scheduled by Grant for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Orangeburg. Doris Bailey, the widow of Bernard Bailey, and other family members are expected to attend and take questions.

According to investigators, Bailey was shot by Combs three times while attempting to drive away from the town hall parking lot. Combs said he was trapped between Bailey's truck and another vehicle's door at the time of the shooting.

Combs was placed on administrative leave at the time of the shooting, and was later terminated that year.

In 2013, federal investigators decided not to file any charges against Combs in connection with the incident.

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