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Family of slain motorist to hold public memorial Saturday

Bernard Bailey (Source: WLTX) Bernard Bailey (Source: WLTX)

The family of the unarmed motorist shot and killed by a former police chief is holding a public memorial for him in Eutawville.

Bernard Bailey, 54, was shot and killed in his truck on May 2, 2011 in the Orangeburg County community. Monday marked the incident's fifth anniversary.

Officials say he went to town hall to talk with someone about a traffic ticket his daughter had received. Police 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.  

Combs later 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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