A deputy went to a Lewis Street home to serve an arrest warrant on a man for pointing a gun at someone a week earlier. The suspect refused to come out of his one-story frame house so the deputy called for assistance. Two deputies arrived to assist in the service of the warrant. When the three deputies attempted to enter the residence, the suspect shot one of the deputies in the chest.
Additional law enforcement responded to the scene. Walterboro Police, South Carolina Highway Patrol and other county deputies surrounded the house. The officers utilized tear gas to remove the suspect. When it was unsuccessful, Deputy Breland attempted to slip between two windows at the side of the house. The suspect shot Deputy Breland in the stomach.
Other officers carried Deputy Breland to a nearby ambulance; however, Deputy Breland died an half hour after arriving at the hospital.
Another deputy was shot in the arm after Deputy Breland was taken to the hospital. The suspect surrendered after additional tear gas was shot into the house.
The suspect was found guilty of manslaughter and died while in prison.
Deputy Breland had served with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department for 2 years and was survived by his wife, daughter, parents, brother, sister, and grandmother. He is interred at Kinsey Cemetery in Round O, Colleton County.
Steven Anthony Breland’s name has been engraved on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial at the Statehouse in Columbia and at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, located on panel “47, E -8”. A plaque bearing Steven Anthony Breland’s name is displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.