SENECA, S.C. – The family of a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot by a South Carolina police officer last year settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Seneca for $2.15 million.
Eric Bland, the attorney for the family of Zachary Hammond, announced the settlement agreement in a news release Tuesday.
The settlement doesn't admit fault on the part of the city, the police chief or the officer who shot and killed the unarmed teenager in an attempted undercover drug arrest on July 26. The officer said he fired because he was afraid of being run over by Hammond's fleeing car. Hammond was white, as is the officer.
The city had offered a $250,000 settlement last week.
The Hammonds have announced a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Greenville to discuss the settlement.