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Monday marks five years since fatal Eutawville officer-involved shooting

Combs in court in January, 2015. (Source: WCSC) Combs in court in January, 2015. (Source: WCSC)
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Monday marks five years since the shooting death of an unarmed black man by the Police chief of Eutawville.

Bernard Bailey,54, was shot and killed in his truck on May second in Orangeburg County in 2011.

Officials say he went to town hall to talk with someone about a traffic ticket his daughter had received. Chief Richard Combs tried to serve a warrant on Bailey for interfering during that traffic stop, and Bailey went to his truck to drive off.

The chief said he feared for his life when he tried to get Bailey to stop and shot Bailey twice in the chest as he sat in his truck.  

In last year's trial, Combs agreed to plead guilty to misconduct in office.

He is currently serving five years probation and one year on house arrest. 

Bailey's family will hold a memorial at Eutawville Town Hall Saturday starting at 2 p.m. 

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