Solicitor requests federal grand jury investigation into Cottageville shooting

COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office has formally requested that the investigation of an officer-involved shooting that left a former Cottageville mayor dead be taken up by a Federal Grand Jury.

Solicitor Duffie Stone formally made the request to U.S. Attorney William Nettles on Thursday. This is the first release of new information in the case in weeks.

Former Cottageville Mayor Albert Reeves was shot and killed on May 16. Police say Reeves was shot after an altercation with Officer Randall Price.

"Due to the complex nature of this investigation I am asking that your office use the investigative abilities of the federal grand jury to assume the investigation and prosecution of this matter," Stone said.

The State Law Enforcement Division has been investigating the fatal shooting while the town is grieving for the loss of their former mayor. Price is on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

The 40-year-old former Cottageville mayor was shot once in the chest on May 16 with a service revolver belonging to Price. No details of the shooting have been released, and investigators have said they weren't clear why the two ended up on the dirt road near where Reeves lived.

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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