Cottageville cop who killed former mayor laid off

Published: Sep. 12, 2011 at 9:34 PM EDT
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Bert Reeves was shot and killed on May 16.
Bert Reeves was shot and killed on May 16.

COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The police officer being investigated for shooting and killing former Mayor Bert Reeves has been laid off by the Town of Cottageville.

Cottageville Mayor Margaret Steen said Monday that Officer Randall Price had been let go due to "budget constraints."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the May 16 shooting which left Reeves dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.  The police report lists the incident as an aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and lists Reeves as a suspect.

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

"Officer Price arrested one of Mr. Reeves' employees on a charge and Mr. Reeves wasn't very happy with the charge," Craddock said.

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.

SLED has already concluded its investigation and turned its report over to the solicitor's office.

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