- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

SENECA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina city says it’s willing to offer a $250,000 settlement to the family of an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer last year.

Local news outlets report Seneca City Council met in closed session for 40 minutes Thursday.

A statement issued later said the city is willing to offer the money to resolve some of the claims in the death of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond.

The statement issued by both sides in the civil suit brought by Hammond’s family said it would not resolve all claims against the police department, its chief and the officer. But if approved by the courts it would protect city assets.

Hammond was shot during an attempted drug arrest. The officer said he shot because he was afraid of being run over.

Hammond was white, as is the officer.


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