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Attorney questions police account of Seneca officer-involved shooting

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Zachary Hammond (Courtesy: Hammond family/ July 27, 2015) Zachary Hammond (Courtesy: Hammond family/ July 27, 2015)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The attorney for the family of a Seneca teen gunned down by a police officer is questioning the department's report of the shooting. 

Eric Bland represents the family of Zachary Hammond.  Hammond, 19, died Sunday after he was shot in a Hardee's parking lot. Police said they were investigating a supposed drug deal when Hammond charged at the officer with his car when confronted. 

Police said Hammond was shot twice, once in the shoulder and once in the chest.

Bland, however, says another autopsy has been performed, and said the Greenville doctor who performed it found Hammond was shot in the rear of the shoulder and in the chest. He believes the findings show that Hammond was shot in the back.

"All they have to do is release the photos to the press, and those photos will show that he was shot from the rear and the second shot happened from the side," said Bland. 

"The driver accelerated and came toward the officer," Seneca Police Chief John Covington said on Monday. "[The officer] fired two shots in self-defense, which unfortunately were fatal for the suspect."

Covington said SLED is now investigating and the police department will not be releasing any new information on the case.

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