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A Cottageville resident sent in a picture of a sign is located on Cottageville Highway, which reads: "Our prayers go out to the reeves family." A Cottageville resident sent in a picture of a sign is located on Cottageville Highway, which reads: "Our prayers go out to the reeves family."
Former Cottageville Mayor Bert Reeves was shot and killed Monday Former Cottageville Mayor Bert Reeves was shot and killed Monday
COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

The State Law Enforcement Division is still investigating the fatal shooting of Cottageville's former mayor Bert Reeves. The town is grieving for the loss of one of their own.

A Cottageville resident sent in a picture of a sign is located on Cottageville Highway, which reads: "Our prayers go out to the reeves family."

The police officer accused of shooting and killing a Reeves is Officer Randall Price and he is on paid administrative leave.

Cottageville police say Price shot 40-year-old Reeves once in the chest after an apparent fight between the two.

This is the second officer-involved shooting this month. The other was in Eutawville, where an officer shot 54-year-old Bernard Bailey, in front of the town hall.

According to employment records obtained from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Price has been fired from four previous jobs with police departments.

He was fired from the McCormick County Sheriff's Office in 1999 for unsafe driving. Just a year later, Price was fired from the Wagener Police Department in 2000 for insubordination.

Price was again fired in 2001, this time from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office for criminal domestic violence. Records show Price completed a pre trial program that wiped the charge from his record.

The officer was fired from the Blackville Police Department in 2006 after repeated complaints of excessive force. Price was hired by the Cottageville Police Department in 2008.

"He's proven himself with the Cottageville Police Department," Cottageville Police Chief John Craddock said. "He's done a good job, so I guess he got a second chance."


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