Former mayor killed in officer involved shooting

COTTAGEVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - A typically quiet neighborhood has been turned upside down after a former mayor was shot dead by a lowcountry cop.

Colleton County Coroner Rich Harvey says a Cottageville police officer shot 40-year-old Bert Reeves near Griffith Acres Drive in Cottageville Monday.

Reeves is a former mayor of Cottageville and is also the nephew of Margaret Steen. Steen is the current mayor of the small town.

"Our street is usually pretty quiet. We don't usually have a lot of things going on," Janice Hughy said.

Hughy has spent the past 20 years in the neighborhood where the shooting took place. Word that a former mayor was killed doesn't sit well with her.

"It makes you a little uneasy," she said.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is currently assisting with the investigation.

The Colleton County Coroner says Cottageville Police won't say what caused the shooting only that the officer and Reeves had an altercation.

"During the altercation, the officer drew his gun and fired one shot hitting Mr. Reeves," said Harvey.

Reeves was pronounced dead at Colleton Medical Center.

"I was just shocked. I mean, absolutely shocked," Deborah Hardwick said.

Hardwick says she recently saw Reeves at a town council meeting.

"He was scheduled to speak at the town meeting, then before it became his turn, he just got up and left," she said.

Hardwick lives near Nuthatch Road, where police say the shooting took place.

According to the coroner, the officer who fired the fatal shot is doing okay.

Police are not releasing the officer's name. They have not said if the officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is typically standard procedure during officer involved shooting investigations.