Deputy Sheriff Stephen Anthony Breland

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Anthony Breland

Colleton County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, September 19, 1977

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Stephen Anthony Breland

Deputy Sheriff Tony Breland was shot and killed while he and other deputies attempted to serve a warrant at a home in Walterboro.

Two other deputies were attempting to arrest the man on a warrant for brandishing a firearm. The man refused to come out of the home and told the deputies he would shoot them if they came inside. As one of the deputies opened the screen door the man shot him in the chest.

The deputies requested backup and Deputy Breland responded to assist. He was attempting to climb through a window into the home when the man shot him. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him was found guilty of manslaughter and died while in prison.

Deputy Breland had served with the Colleton County Sheriff's Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, parents, brother, sister, and grandmother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge J10

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

warrant service, weapons violation

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