Lawsuit in ex-Cottageville mayor shooting to be heard in Charleston

Reeves (pictured above) was fatally shot by Price on May 16, 2011.
Reeves (pictured above) was fatally shot by Price on May 16, 2011.

COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The lawsuit filed by the family of the former Cottageville mayor who was fatally shot last year by a police officer will be heard in federal court in Charleston.

According to federal court records, Judge David Norton will preside over the case filed against the Town of Cottageville.

The lawsuit alleges Cottageville Police Officer Randall Price displayed reckless behavior during a fight and subsequent shooting which killed former mayor Bert Reeves on May 16, 2011.

It also alleges Price had been fired from other police departments in the past, and that it was inexcusable for the town to hire an officer with a tarnished badge to work at the department.

The lawsuit details Price's checkered past as a law enforcement officer including being fired from the McCormick County Sheriff's Office in 1999, the Wagener Police Department in 2000, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office in 2001, and the Blackville Police Department in 2006. The lawsuit also details that Officer Price has had prior allegations of excessive force and brutality and had displayed aggressive behavior.

The lawsuit further alleges that when Officer Price was hired he began to target Bert Reeves because Reeves had voiced his concerns about complaints he received from Cottageville residents regarding Officer Price's aggressive behavior.

Since the shooting, Price has been let go by the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has assumed control of the investigation.

Police Chief John Craddock revealed last year that Reeves apparently had a prior beef with Price over an incident that happened back in March.

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