The dash cam footage of the shooting of Zachary Hammond, 19, was released by the Seneca Police Department of South Carolina today. Hammond was shot twice by Lieutenant Mark Tiller on July 26, 2015 during an undercover marijuana bust that went wrong. Hammond’s passenger, Tori Morton, was the target of the bust. Hammond and Morton were on a date.
After careful consideration of the facts of the case, a thorough review of the state investigation, and an extensive review of all applicable law, I have determined that no criminal charges should be filed against Lt. Mark Tiller at the state level.
Hammond’s death was ruled a homicide by an independent autopsy in August, which stated that he was hit in the back of his left shoulder and his left side. This contradicted Seneca police Chief John Covington’s report that Hammond was shot from the front. Covington also failed to further comment on a report by Greenville Online that a month before the lethal shooting, Tiller had resigned but then changed his mind.
On September 28, an attorney representing Hammond’s family filed a lawsuit calling for the release of evidence and unspecified damages. According to The Independent Mail, the lawsuit named Seneca Police Chief John Covington and the Seneca Police Department as defendants. The above video, shown in full and frame-by-frame, was released as part of this lawsuit.