Seneca, SC — On July 26, Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller ran towards 19-year-old Zachary Hammond’s car with his gun drawn as Hammond’s date, Tori Morton, allegedly sold a few grams of marijuana to an undercover cop.

According to Seneca Police Chief John Covington, Hammond drove toward Lt. Tiller in an attempt to murder him. Fearing for his life, Tiller shot Hammond twice at point-blank range killing him. But according to witness statements and Hammond’s autopsy, the teenager was not attempting to run down Tiller in the moments before his death.

Hammond’s autopsy revealed that the teen was shot in the back of his left shoulder and his side.

In a letter from Hammond’s attorney to the FBI, a witness has recently come forward describing officers planting evidence under Hammond’s body and high-fiving his dead hand after the shooting. Although police found no weapon or drugs on Hammond, Chief Covington claims that a white powdery substance was found at the scene.

Tuesday, the much-awaited dashcam footage was finally released and it shows that the officer was indeed not in danger as he murdered Hammond.


As Tiller exited his vehicle, he ran to the side of Hammond’s car. Hammond was only attempting to leave the scene when Tiller acted as if his life was in danger and began firing as he screamed, “I’m gonna shoot your f*cking ass!”

Immediately after falsely claiming that his life was in danger, Tiller screams, “He tried to hit me.” This statement, according to the video evidence, is a blatant lie.

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This teen was only trying to avoid having his life ruined for being caught with an “illegal plant.” Or, he was actually scared by a crazed maniac running toward him with a gun, screaming that he is “gonna shoot your f*cking ass.” Either way, the end result is tragic and unjust.

To add insult to this cop’s murder, 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams released a statement Tuesday, announcing that officer Tiller will not face state charges. 

Below is a statement for City Administrator Greg Dietterick on behalf of Solicitor Chrissy Adam’s decision not to file charges against Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller in the shooting death of Seneca teen Zachary Hammond.

The past three months have been extremely difficult for the residents of Seneca, its city employees and the 45 members of its police force. While the effects of outside agitators to tear apart our community lingers, we are thankful the investigation has come to an end and shows Lt. Tiller was acting in self-defense. The night of July 26 was a tragic event for this community and I personally will always grieve for the Hammond family. I would like to thank the hard work of the local and state investigators who handled the cases expertly and professionally. I would like to thank Solicitor Adams, who suffered numerous personal attacks, for her diligence. I thank Chief John Covington for his courage and strength during these trying times as he and his family have been repeatedly maligned.  I thank our Mayor and City Council for standing with us during this tragedy. It is now time to start healing Seneca.

The Free Thought Project is disgusted with the outcome in this case, and we are voicing our discontent. If you’d like to let them know that you are unhappy with their decision to watch a murder happen in broad daylight and on video, and still decide to let the killer free, please peacefully do so.

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10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor: 864-260-4046

Seneca Police Department: 864-885-2718

Below is a shorter video with sound.

Update: Tuesday afternoon a second dashcam video was released showing the heartbreaking aftermath of the shooting. Police can be heard telling the dead body of Zach Hammond to “get on the ground.”

His date can be heard crying in disbelief after watching this young man die for trying to purchase a plant that is legal in 5 states.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Sam Bailey

    The cop was in position to shoot out both the front and back tires !!!!!!!! Instead the cop’s choice was to take a life ! PROTECT & SERVE ???? NO ! SHOOT TO KILL ? HELL YES ,SHOOT TO KILL !!!!!!!!!!!! That car couldn’t have gotten very far on two flat tires !!!!! How could this cop claim to be afraid for his life ,he kept trying to put himself in front of a moving car ! There is no question ,the driver shouldn’t have tried to run away, there really wasn’t any place that he could hide . IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG ,WITH HOLDING AMERICA’S POLICE FORCE, TO A HIGHER STANDARD THAN ,THAT OF THE NUT-JOBS , THAT THEY HAVE TO ARREST EVERY DAY ??????????

  • Sam Bailey

    NancyDL ,you know for a fact that if this kid had been black ,whites would all be coming out in DEFENSE OF THIS WHITE COP ! The idea of shooting anybody you please has become NORMAL ! Making claims that the cop was in fear for his life, worked under each and every situation , as long as the murdered person is black ! Now we get to see how it works when the murdered person is white !!!!!! What do you think would have happened if that cop had just shot out the left front tire and the LEFT back tire ???? The car couldn’t have gone very far and that kid would still be alive ! That white cop made a choice to kill the kid when he could have disabled the car and took that kid to jail !!!!! Who is hiring America’s law enforcers and where the hell are they getting these guy ,whose first and only choice seems to be KILL ON SITE ??????