• over 3 years ago Angel kennedy

    He is a liar he shot that man down like a dog in the street Alton was running away from him scared cause that man pull out a gun on his Alton had no bullets in his gun nor did he have a clip as well so how did the exchange rounds again I'm lost Alton needs justice and Clemson knew what he did was wrong

Alton Reaves, 31

Kingstree, South Carolina
February 03, 2014

Agencies: South Carolina Law Enforcement Division SLED | Kingstree Police Department South Carolina . | Department of Corrections South Carolina

Cause of death: Shooting

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating a shooting incident. On Friday afternoon, a Kingstree Police officer responded to a call of a man brandishing a gun behind a group of buildings located on Main Street in Kingstree.

According to Police Chief Eric Williams, after the officer arrived there was a confrontation between the officer Alton Reaves, 31 and gunfire was exchanged. Reaves was transported to an area hospital then medevac’d to the Medical University of South Carolina where he later died according to Williamsburg County Coroner Harrison McKnight. McKnight said an autopsy is being performed. According to Chief Williams the police officer was not hit during the confrontation.   

The officer has been with the Kingstree Police Department for approximately one year. Williams said he is a seasoned officer, having working with another department before joining the KPD. Williams said the officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is following protocol. "The officer automatically goes on administrative leave or administrative duty," said Williams. "That's just protocol. It's not that they did anything wrong."

Williams would not answer further questions: rather referring to SLED who is handling the investigation. "I called SLED because one of our officers was involved in a shooting and I wanted an outside entity," said Williams.  According to SLED public information coordinator Thom Berry, the investigation continues. "We are still in the process of collecting information, doing interviews, talking with people, as part of our investigative process," said Berry. Williamsburg County Sheriff's deputies also assisted the two departments after the incident.

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July 2014 Officer cleared