Taylor tried to convince Breeden not to do it, but noticed he was beginning to squeeze the trigger. The deputy was able to get his attention for just a moment, then drew his Tazer and fired, hitting Breeden in the chest.
"I saw Mr. Breeden's fingers go straight out as he began to fall
backwards on the bed, and I charged him and grabbed the gun from
his hand," according to Taylor's report.
Breeden was handcuffed and taken to Blount Memorial Hospital for
assessment, Taylor stated. After Breeden's release, he was taken
The sheriff's office found Breeden with the help of a tip.
Someone saw Breeden on Blount County's Most Wanted list on the
BCSO Web site and called it in, according to Marian O'Briant,
BCSO public information officer.
According to Blount County Circuit Court records, a warrant was
issued for Breeden's arrest in 2005 on a charge of violation of
probation granted after a felony conviction. He was first
arrested on possession of a Schedule VI (marijuana) substance in
2003. He allegedly violated his probation when he was arrested
on a charge of possession of a Schedule VI substance in
Transylvania County, N.C. in November 2005 and failed to report
it to his probation officer, the warrant stated.
Blount County jail records show Breeden was taken into custody
Wednesday on charges of violation of probation granted after a
felony conviction and possession of a Schedule VI substance with
intent to sell or deliver. He was being held without bond
pending 9 a.m. June 1 hearings in Blount County General Sessions