Patrolman Steele was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for speeding on Route 1 in Chesterfield County. As Patrolman Steele approached the car, the driver opened fire. Patrolman Steele was able to return fire before he died from his wounds.
The three suspects were apprehended a short time later and convicted. All were released in the late 1990s.
Patrolman Steele had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for just over 5 12 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.