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Residents of the close-knit eastern Orangeburg County town of Eutawville gathered Monday near the scene of a mid-morning shooting that stunned the community. The crowd both mourned Bernard Bailey, who reportedly died in an officer-related shooting, and sought answers. The 54-year-old Bailey had a "soft and quiet" demeanor, James Gillens said. Gillens said Bailey enjoyed playing basketball in high school and has been working at Walmart in Summerville. Bailey was a "good guy," Gillens said. "Anything you would ask him to do, he'd do it and I'm not just saying that because of this incident, I know that because of the life he lived." Marvin Simmons said he went to school with Bailey. "He didn't bother anybody," Simmons said as he shook his head. "It's a shock. They shot him." Rosa Taste, also of Eutawville, joined a group of onlookers and friends of Bailey. "He'd give you the shirt off his back," Taste said. "I've known him all my life." "This is a senseless killing," remarked lifelong Eutawville resident Charlotte Young. "He was a good person from a good family and he was well-known." The officer involved in the shooting incident has been identified as Chief Richard Combs, a former Orangeburg County Sheriff's deputy. Eutawville Mayor Pro Tem Roger Adkins said he tried to reach Combs, but was unsuccessful Monday afternoon. "I tried to call him. I left a message, but I haven't heard back from him," Adkins said.
A Tuesday autopsy confirmed that a Eutawville man killed in what's been described as an officer-involved shooting died of multiple gunshot wounds. Bernard Bailey, 54, was shot twice in the chest and once in the shoulder, according to Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating Monday's shooting incident, which occurred outside town hall. Bailey's family members identified the Eutawville officer involved in the shooting as Police Chief Richard Combs, a former Orangeburg County Sheriff's deputy. He is on paid administrative leave, Mayor Jean Akers said Tuesday. The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office is providing coverage for the town. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families that are affected by the incident Monday," Akers said.
EUTAWVILLE - The NAACP is working with the State Law Enforcement Division to get answers in last week's officer-involved shooting, state branch President Lonnie Randolph said Tuesday night. Randolph and other NAACP officials addressed an emotional crowd of about 550 people at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church. During the meeting, witnesses to the shooting were asked to step forward. State Branch Executive Director Dwight James said a boycott of the town is not in the works. Bernard Bailey, 54, was killed last week in what has been described as an officer-involved shooting. He was shot twice in the chest and once in the shoulder, Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall has said. Meanwhile, Police Chief Rick Combs is on paid administrative leave. Eutawville Town Council is also meeting this evening. Three deputies were on hand. During the town meeting, Mayor Jean Akers read a prepared statement saying that the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the fatal shooting and the town will have no further comment at this time.
Originally posted by SpreadLoveNotHate
reply to post by WordPlayJAy
Survivors will be shot again! Of course if it were the other way around, the guy who shot that cop would be in jail so fast... Three cheers for JUSTICE!
Originally posted by Divine Strake
Yeah, looks like plenty of things are still hazy. Not sure where this will go, but it does seem a little iffy.
Also not sure of exactly why race is an issue here, much less what was exchanged.
UPDATE: Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs is now part of a SLED investigation after fatally shooting 54-year-old Bernard Bailey on Monday. According to records from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Combs was previously an officer in the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office and had his employment terminated in 2007. The report lists his reason for termination as "violation of AGENCY police NOT involving micsonduct, good character or moral turpitude.. (i.e., substandard performance, excessive absenteeism, sleeping on duty, etc.) Combs' record shows he was hired 4 months later by the Elloree Police Dept and served there for 4 years until becoming the chief in Eutawville in February 2011. Tuesday the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy on Bailey. They say he died from 2 gunshot wounds to the chest and one to the shoulder. News sources report Combs is on paid administrative leave. Mayor Jean Akers was unavailable Tuesday afternoon for confirmation. ------------------------ Orangeburg County Coroner has identified the shooting suspect as Mr. Bernard Bailey ,54 years old. The coroner's ofice will release more information pending the autopsy and ongoing investigation. -------------------------- The officer involved in the shooting was treated and released from the local hospital. -------------------------- An officer involved shooting in Orangeburg county is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division. It happened in Eutawville near Town Hall. We're told the Orangeburg County Sheriff's office and the town requested SLED's assistance, and the county coroner was called to the scene. News 2 has a crew on the way and will bring you more details as they become available.
The U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI are also involved in the investigation into what has been called an officer-involved shooting in Eutawville, First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe confirmed Tuesday.