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Family of Eutawville Shooting Victim Speaks About Investigation into Former Chief

7:32 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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Eutawville, SC (WLTX) - The family of the man shot by a former Eutawville police chief spoke out Monday about federal investigators' decision not to charge him in the shooting.

The victim, Bernard Bailey, was shot three times by former Chief Richard Combs outside the Eutawville Town Hall in 2011.

It's taken almost two years for federal investigators to conclude their investigation. Throughout, officials from the US Justice Department to Eutawville remained quiet on the issue.

The case against former Chief Richard Combs will now go before First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe, who says his investigation won't take as long as the multi-year federal one did.

Pascoe says he's using a 500 page document prepared by federal investigators to aid his investigation.  The State Law Enforcement Division will also be assisting Pascoe's efforts.

He says he doesn't anticipate pressing charges against Combs, rather always investigates police involved shootings in his circuit.

Monday, the Bailey family attorney released a statement after federal investigators said they would not press charges.

The statement said in part, "The Bailey family is disappointed in this decision. We have no intentions of fanning the flames of racism, the facts are the facts. But, we hope that any fair minded person who has a nose can recognize the putrid, sickening, and gut wrenching smell of injustice when it enters the room."

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