Sheriff: Man who shot at deputy recently released from prison

Published: Jan. 24, 2016 at 3:45 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2016 at 3:45 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A 23-year-old is in jail after Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he tried to kill a deputy.

Arkeem Breeland was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he fired several shots at a deputy's car during a domestic disturbance call Saturday night. Sheriff Lott said Breeland shot at one of his deputies seven times during the Saturday evening incident on Camrose Court.

Deputies responded to the scene just after 11 p.m. and found Breeland in the area.

Lott said Breeland opened fire on his deputy, who was not hit, before running off into the woods. The deputy's car, however, took the brunt of the damage.

"It was a shock," Deputy Christopher Bagby said. "We knew from dispatch he was possibly armed and trying to get into his parents' house, but I wasn't expecting to be standing in the driveway. I heard a couple of tinks. I served overseas, but you never get used to getting shot at."

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Bagby said his training allowed him to remain calm in a stressful situation. He was dispatched to the call where Breeland was reportedly trying to kick in the door to his parents' home. When Bagby showed up, Breeland started shooting.

As a convicted felon he was not allowed to have a gun. Sheriff Lott said Breeland fired at least seven rounds, three struck Bagby's patrol car: one in the windshield, one grazed the side and another in the wheel well.

Bagby was alone when he said he chose not to return fire because homes were in the way and he did want to hurt any bystanders. He backed up and waited for other deputies to arrive. Sheriff Lott said his deputy made right call in a split second.

"Arkeem Breeland took off Into the woods but was captured soon after," Lott said. "Deputy Bagby has extensive training here at the Sheriff's Department, when he worked in law enforcement in Alabama and when he served as a sniper in the Marine Corps."

Deputies were able to find Breeland and he was taken to Palmetto Health Hospital and treated for hypothermia and a pre-existing health condition.

Breeland is also charged with unlawful carry of a handgun and unlawful use of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime.

Lott vented his frustration at the Monday morning news conference, saying the county should not serve as a "warehouse" for criminals.

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