- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Testimony has begun in federal court in Charleston in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Colleton County mayor shot to death by a town police officer.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that attorneys delivered opening statements Wednesday in the lawsuit by the wife of former Cottageville Mayor Bert Reeves.

The lawsuit contends the town, its police department and officer Randall Price were negligent in the 2011 shooting death of Reeves. Ashley Reeves’ lawsuit contends the town was negligent in hiring Price and that the officer used excessive force against the mayor.

Reeves’ family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

Reeves was shot during a confrontation with Price on a dirt road near town hall. The lawsuit contends Price targeted Reeves because he had questioned aggressive behavior by the officer.

Attorneys for Price said Reeves was mentally unstable and attacked the officer. They say Price fired in self-defense.

An autopsy revealed that Reeves had Xanax, Valium and other medications in his system when he was shot, said attorney Lake Summers, representing Price.

Price was not charged following an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.


Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide