Police Officer Will Not Face Criminal Charges After Fatally Shooting Teen

In South Carolina, dash cam footage shows a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting 19-year-old Zachary Hammond on July 26 in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.

In an undercover marijuana sting operation that went wrong, Hammond was shot twice by Tiller. Hammond was on a first date with 23-year-old Tori Morton.

They were the target of the bust after an undercover officer arranged a drug deal with Morton at Hardee's. She was sitting in the passenger's seat of the car but was not injured. On Tuesday, the state prosecutor announced that no criminal charges would be filed.

According to a lawsuit filed by his family, the two first got ice cream at McDonald's, then drove to Hardee's so Hammond could get a hamburger.

The video shows the police car accelerating towards Hammond's vehicle. Tiller then exits the patrol car with his gun raised and aimed at the driver's side of Hammond's vehicle. Tiller yells at Hammond to stop and put his hands up. Yet, Hammond backs out of the parking space and accelerates to leave.

That's when Tiller fires his gun twice in rapid succession at the driver's side. Nine seconds after the shooting, another officer arrived and Tiller can be heard saying "he tried to hit me." Another person can also be heard screaming.

Solicitor Chrissy Adams wrote that a forensic analysis showed that the teen had used cocaine and marijuana three to six hours before being fatally shot by Tiller.

According to Adams' letter, a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper received a text message on July 26 from an unknown individual known as “Tori.” Adams said, it was discovered that the text, which was offering to sell cocaine and marijuana, was sent by Morton using Hammond's cell phone

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