Nineteen-year-old Zachary Hammond was on a date on July 26 when he was fatally shot by a police officer while in the parking lot at a Hardee's fast-food restaurant in Seneca, South Carolina, according to Eric Bland, the attorney representing the teen's family.
The Seneca Police Department said the officer was conducting a drug investigation and shot Hammond in self-defense.......allegedly.
"He was a uniformed officer, he was in a marked vehicle, was out of his vehicle on foot approaching the suspect vehicle with his weapon drawn given the fact that it was a narcotics-type violation," Seneca Police Chief John Covington said to local media in Greenville. He added that the officer is now on administrative leave.
A small amount of marijuana was found in the front passenger's compartment in Hammond's car.
"He was a 19-year-old, 121-pound kid killed basically for a joint," Bland said.
Hammond's mother, Angie, is quoted as saying, "Not only are we grieving that our son is gone, we don't know why it happened or what happened. We're just trying to find answers."
A vigil was held for Hammond last Friday night in Seneca.