Randy Scott, former Columbia police chief, has died

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The Capital City police department was under Scott’s leadership for two years.

Scott was found unresponsive in his home around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Richland County Coroner’s Office.  Currently, there are no suspicions of foul play, and an autopsy is expected within the next 24 hours.

After serving as a high-ranking officer at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Scott was selected to lead the city’s police department in 2011. He left the agency in 2013, citing PTSD triggered by the death of one of the deputies he commanded back when he worked for the sheriff’s department. 

Scott had been on an indefinite leave of absence due to medical issues related to PTSD prior to his resignation as police chief.  

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