Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Stand and Fight Edition


Brandon Stephens (L), Jamar Hawkins (C) and Jamie Lee Faison (R)

When three wayward yoots forced Kenneth Byrd, his wife and granddaughter to the rear of their home, they complied, opening a safe and handing over cash. But when one of the three moved to rape the girl, out came Mr. Byrd’s mohaska. As reports, “The man was then able to retrieve a weapon and several shots were fired between the man and the suspects in the house. The man was struck multiple times by gunshots and the suspects then fled the scene in his vehicle.”

Byrd’s in serious condition. But he stayed in the fight long enough to inflict plenty of damage of his own.

Officers later received a call from the McLeod Hospital in Dillon and discovered that Brandon Carver Stephens, 28, of Fairmont and Jamar Hawkins, 17, of Lumberton had been shot. Both were airlifted to another medical facility for emergency surgery.

It wasn’t too difficult to track down Jamie Lee Faison, either. He was found dead in his own driveway sitting behind the wheel of Byrd’s stolen car. And in a truly shocking development, “Stephens, Hawkins, and Faison are possible persons of interest in other home invasions….”

Here’s hoping the 67-year-old Mr.Byrd makes a quick and complete recovery. He’s probably thanking his lucky stars right now that he lives in South Carolina rather than, say, New York where no one needs more than seven rounds in a handgun at any time for any reason. Governor Andrew Cuomo was unavailable for comment.


  1. avatar SD3 says:

    Please tell me that all these winners are dead.

    1. avatar JPD says:

      No, the other two came out of surgery and are expected to recover.

      1. avatar Bear The Grizzly says:

        What a waste of a good medical degree.

        1. avatar John L. says:

          I disagree.

          No sense wasting the chance to practice before cutting on someone who actually deserves a good doctor.

        2. avatar styrgwillidar says:

          Actually, at least the surgeon got some valuable experience in trauma surgery…

        3. avatar 2maik7 says:

          I guess the meaning and intent of the Hippocratic oath escapes you. Maybe it would be more apparent to you if a surgeon were to make a judgement and convict one of your family members on the operating table and refuse the attempt to save their life. So many are vehement supporters of American concepts like the Second Amendment but when it comes to the presumtion of innocence, who cares? And please don’t respond with the pretentious argument of innocence until proven guilty isn’t in the Constitution. I know that but just as ‘the seperation of church and state’ follows from the First Amendment, innocence until proven guilty follows from the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments and is an age old essential concept in western society and law.

          Or maybe being a participant in an elightened and civilized society is to hard for you. Yes tough guy comments are great to rally other simpletons around you in response to terrible crimes like this but being above the abhorrent and terrible people who committ said crimes is a little harder and much better for society.

          “[T]each governments humanity. It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind. In England, the punishment in certain cases is, by hanging, drawing and quartering…. In France … the punishments were not less barbarous…. The effect of these cruel spectacles exhibited to the populace, is to destroy tenderness or excite revenge; and by the base and false idea of governing men by terror instead of reason, they become precedents. It is over the lowest class of mankind that government by terror is intended to operate, and it is on them that it operates to the worst effect. They … inflict in their turn the examples of terror they have been instructed to practice.”
          ~Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

          Requires a little more brain cells than, “what a waste of a good medical degree” or “I hope all these winners are dead”. Again it is not about mercy or deferrence to these kind of people. IT is about being better than them, more reasonable than them, and about advocating for the enlightened and guided by reason society that we were intended to be. Instead of simple tough guy comments or positions that require no thought.

        4. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          Lighten up, Francis.

          I don’t think anyone seriously expects doctors to just let people die. I am, however, continually dismayed at the cost of medical care for felons, before, during and after their conviction.

        5. avatar surlycmd says:

          @2maik7, While I agree with your point, your condescending tone annoys the piss out me. I thought I would provide you some feedback. Take it as you will.

        6. avatar Bear The Grizzly says:

          Wow that was quite a response. Obviously I don’t want surgeons making decisions about guilt or innocence, but it’s certainly a b*tch these guys didn’t buy the farm on the table.

        7. avatar JasonM says:

          @Curtis in IL

          “You just made the list, pal.”

        8. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

          Geez, 2maik7, talk about the pot calling the kettle pretentious. I’m always up for a good Tommy P. quote, but really, that one isn’t among his best.

          You could have saved some time and spared some virtual trees by just writing “Oh you mean boys, you’re just so….so…..mean!” and we all would have had a nice chuckle at 2milquetoast7’s expense. Instead, half the forum fell asleep halfway through.

        9. avatar doesky2 says:

          @2maik7….Didn’t even make it to the second sentence. The next time you rub one out don’t CC the forum.

        10. avatar Accur81 says:

          @ Bear,

          Well, most of me agrees with the sentiment. These two are dirtbags in every sense of the word, and will likely remain a continual drain on society. Guess who is picking up the medical bill and the prison bill? John Q. Taxpayer. Think about that the next time you get your paycheck and see how much they take out for state and federal taxes.

      2. avatar Aaron says:

        2maik7 should change his moniker to 2long or 2boring, or maybe 2fullofShiite

        1. avatar pigs die says:

          Move to Somalia if mob justice is what you want.

      3. avatar Nick D says:

        With any luck, they’ll be sent to one of those prisons were the gangs are divided on racial lines. At least then, these two will never work together again. Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll kill each other to prove loyalty to their new homies.

    2. avatar Steve says:

      This happened in NC here in Lumberton which is not to far from Dillon SC. Dillon is were the three idiots fled to after they stole his car. Sorry to say the two other suspects made it and they are being held in SC until they are officially charged here in NC.

  2. avatar v v ind says:

    Bravo sir. Hats off to you.

  3. avatar Nick says:

    Of course he was unavailable for comment. That would mean that he was made aware of a legitimate situation where his unconstitutional law very likely would have caused the death of three innocent people in their own home.

  4. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    The one portrait looks like a mug shot.
    Gotta wonder about the criminal history of these three, and why they weren’t already in a cage somewhere.

    Also wondering if the two that showed up at the hospital had also soiled their nickers.

    1. avatar JPD says:

      Jamar Hawkins, 3 felonies, 2 misdemeanors. Apparently in one incident in October of 2013. All consolidated in one action. Received suspended sentence and 24 months probation.

      Brandon Stephens: Too long to list. Here is the link.

  5. avatar Neil D says:

    And in a truly shocking development, “Stephens, Hawkins, and Faison are possible persons of interest in other home invasions….” Hoping that is a ironic statement because it would certainly NOT be shocking that these idiots were involved in other crimes.

    1. avatar The Trouble with Timbo says:

      I believe sarcastic was the intent not ironic

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Well done!

  7. avatar craig K. says:

    They aren’t dead, they are dating your daughters, sisters and female friends/girlfriends. Sadly white females love thug appeal as they misconstrue thug appeal as alpha appeal. As long as we provide them their basic needs either thru confiscation thru taxation or voluntary support they won’t grasp the difference.

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Correction: “… Some white females…”

      Not all, or even most, just some…

      1. avatar Call Security! says:

        Correct. And of those females, I’ll bet the lion’s share are obese girls with zero self-esteem. Not PC to say that, but I have noticed this phenomenon just a few times ; )

        1. avatar Another Robert says:

          My visual experience has been otherwise. Some of the nicest-looking girls I’ve ever seen, hanging out with the greasiest slack-jawed losers. And the girls weren’t the airhead types either.

        2. avatar Misnomer says:

          It has always seemed to me it has more to do with “he makes me feel special.” I’ve seen it many times before. A guy is a total a-hole to everyone, but nice to this one girl for obvious reasons, and it makes her feel special. There are quite a few (not all or even most) women out there that just don’t get that the way a guy treats everyone else is a good indicator of how she will be treated when the “honeymoon is over.”

          But back to the article, I don’t understand how people can focus so heavily on gun control to prevent crime while at the same time ignoring the fact that a lot of people that kill have very long criminal records. Career criminals should not remain free. Even if it is a slew of lesser crimes. If they are violent in nature or show a complete disregard for other human beings, they should lose their freedom.

    2. avatar Grindstone says:

      Not even thinly-veiled racism. Classy.

      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        Speaking for myself, the greasy slack-jaws I was referring to (yes, I had specific people in mind) were white.

      2. avatar Accur81 says:

        Yep, every time a guy makes a negative observation about race or culture he’s racist.

        Every see a white guy who can’t dance? You’re a racist.

        Every see an Asian female who sucks at driving? You’re a racist.

        Have you noticed that most of the Nascar drivers are white males? You’re a racist.

        Think many pro basket ball players are black? You’re a racist.

        Of course you could make jokes about all that stuff and be a well paid professional comedian. Maybe not a good one, but still well-paid.

        Grindstone, you need to get over yourself. We have enough PC police in this world.

    3. avatar Aaron says:

      “FAT white girls…” FIFY

  8. avatar ADC USN/Ret says:

    Cuomo is like all the other politicians. You get what you vote for or sign in his case!

  9. avatar Amok! says:

    Grandpa is a HERO in every sense of the word. I wish him godspeed for a recovery. What a good man. What an excellent shot under fire and while being shot.


    1. avatar styrgwillidar says:

      He’s the hero New York needs, but doesn’t deserve. My hope is that Mr. Byrd sees the light and leaves the slave state..

      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        Mr Byrd lives in N. Carolina, according to Dan’s post.

    2. avatar doesky2 says:

      The three thugs didn’t understand the simple fact that most 67YO grandfather’s would make the decision that they lived long enough and that they would rather die then sit by and let their 19YO grand-daughter get raped by three parasites.

      This Grandpa is a Good Guy that saved the day only because he had access to a gun. He would have had zero chance without a firearm. Shannon should be asked repeatedly about this case.

  10. avatar OakRiver says:

    I hope that Mr. Byrd makes a full and speedy recovery. Were it not for his actions things could have been so much worse for his family.

    1. avatar John Galt says:

      Too bad Bryan Harvey didn’t choose to arm himself so he could defend his wife and two daughters.

      But don’t worry.

      There were prayer vigils held to stop the violence, and a foundation established.

      Bryan and Kathryn Harvey Family Memorial Endowment


      Man convicted of grisly murders of Virginia couple, daughters

      Medical examiner Dr. Darin Trelka said Bryan Harvey was struck six times in head with a hammer, and that his neck was cut in a sawing motion eight times. His body also had “very severe” burns in several places.

      Kathryn Harvey also was stabbed and had saw-motion wounds to her neck and burns, he said.

      Ruby was also burned and had stab wounds to the throat and skull fractures, but it was stab wounds in her back that caused her death, Trelka testified.

      Stella, who also was stabbed in the neck multiple times, was alive when the fire was set, Trelka testified. She died from smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma to the head.

      House of Freaks Singer Murdered

  11. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Love to hear the backgrounds of all participants. When the invaders decide to settle in for a fun night of rape and torture, you can bet that murder is not far behind. Take the money and run is one thing (I’ll shoot them in the back), but instantly upon a decision to separate us, tie us up, or anything else, it is time to fight, kill, and die.

    Well done, sir.

    1. avatar JPD says:

      Backgrounds of two survivors on prior post. You can see for yourself on the North Carolina state search.

    2. avatar Grindstone says:

      For me it’s “step inside this house uninvited and it’s time to fight”.

    3. avatar Aaron says:

      “invading” is enough to trigger my fight or die response. it will never get further.

  12. avatar JPD says:

    By the way, the news feed shows S.C. Lumberton is in North Carolina.

  13. avatar Robert W. says:

    So, how can we get some details on the shooting? Specifically how many shots taken by the homeowner?

  14. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    From the article:
    “Byrd’s in serious condition. But he stayed in the fight long enough to inflict plenty of damage of his own.”

    I would rewrite that as:
    “Byrd’s in serious condition. But he stayed in the fight long enough to PREVENT THE MEN FROM RAPING HIS GRANDDAUGHTER.

    I salute you Mr. Byrd for protecting your family. We need more men (and women) of honor like yourself.

    1. avatar John Galt says:

      But…but…but…feminists have said ““you can’t stop violence with more violence.”

      I’m so confused.

  15. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    And this is exactly what the “just give them what they want” folks will never understand…

    It’s not about life or death, it’s about self respect, dignity and honor.

    This gentleman stayed his granddaughter’s honor. And I’m sure if he’s any man at all, which he sounds like he is, his injuries were well worth knowing his granddaughter’s dignity was spared.

    That’s what the anti-folks just don’t get it, it’s not about life or death, it’s about taking a stand when you just can’t abide what’s happening.

    1. avatar A-Rod says:

      Some things are replicable. Others… no so much.

  16. avatar rob says:

    More details:

    Homeowner was shot 8 times and managed to run across the road to neighbors for help!

    1. avatar Rick3 says:

      Wow! I hope I’m able to have that kind of “true grit” if I’m ever shot by a BG!

  17. avatar A-Rod says:

    Grandpa Demanded Action and got it. When will we get some comments from Shannon Watts and MDA?


    1. avatar John L. says:

      Heck, I’d take a Noisy Cricket!

      Oh, wait…

      1. avatar Richard In WA says:

        Miserable sight radius.

  18. avatar tk says:

    And thankfully, his granddaughter was not forever defiled by the savages.

  19. avatar jimmyjames says:

    Them hoodlums was from my state. Please dont send them back. God bless Mr. Byrd and I hope he fully recovers. I had to look up “mohaska”.

  20. avatar Ebenezer Bowman says:

    Wow, three against one, and he still managed to hit all three at least once by the sounds of it. Sincerely wish him all the best.
    El Presidente anyone?

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      “El Presidente anyone?”

      No doubt.

      1. avatar John Galt says:

        If the POTUS had a son, would he look like one of these misguided youths?

  21. avatar John L. says:

    Moms Demand Action, pfft!

    Grandfathers Using Double Action … now there’s an organization I can support!

  22. avatar Phil COV says:

    Job well done. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

  23. avatar Alexander says:

    Is Al Sharpton organizing a protest?

    1. avatar jb says:

      why would he do a protest only one was black the other one was white and Lumbee the dead one is Lumbee

      1. avatar Alexander says:

        Doesn’t he protest whenever shit gets wiped?

  24. avatar ToddR says:

    I like the word, “mohaska.”

  25. avatar Call Security! says:

    “It wasn’t too difficult to track down Jamie Lee Faison, either. He was found dead in his own driveway sitting behind the wheel of Byrd’s stolen car.”

    LOL, I’d say that means case closed. And if the other ones survive their ICU stays, I would suggest pleading out and saving everyone the trouble of a trial.

    Maybe my work is making me cynical, but when I saw that douche #1 had the tear drop tat AND neck tats I thought, “Ok, not only does this guy have a lengthy arrest record, but I’m pretty sure he eats up way more than his share of taxpayer dollars.”

    Ranting aside, I wish Mr. Byrd a speedy recovery and salute him for doing his best to protect his family.

  26. avatar Tsn4 says:

    I hope Mr. Byrd is not in too much pain and that he makes a speedy and full recovery. He will need his strength and his wits when the friends of and family of his attackers come looking for him.

  27. avatar Roll says:

    Salute to you Mr. Byrd and speedy recovery.

  28. avatar Jeremy S says:

    Apparently all three surviving folks are in stable condition:

    And your eye & neck tattoo guy knows the family they attacked. He also has a pretty extensive record and was pretty darn fresh out of the clink when he did this:

    Stephens, who neighbors say was familiar with the Byrd family, absconded from probation or parole, according to the Department of Public Safety. He was jailed for about seven years ending in May on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a schedule 2 substance. He previously faced charges of larceny, felony breaking and entering and providing fictitious information to a law enforcement officer.

    Stephens was arrested in July after running several stop signs and crashing his vehicle into the Robeson County Museum and then leading police on a brief chase. He initially told officers his name was Daron Jacobs, but was later recharged under the correct identity.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Just waiting for the TV interview with his mother where she says, “He’s a good boy. He was just turning his life around.”

      1. avatar John Galt says:

        Why just this past week he attended church!

        1. avatar ropingdown says:

          …no doubt in order to rob the collection plate and silver.

    2. avatar Ed Rogers says:

      Stephens should be charged with 1st degree murder and executed. He led the trio and caused the death of the other menstrual clot Faisal. Hawkins needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.

      1. avatar Jeremy S says:

        Yes, the two survivors should be charged with “Felony Murder,” which basically means that any death that happens during the commission of your felony is on your hands, even if it’s an accident or a heart attack or not something you wanted or planned. They’re both guilty of felony murder since their cohort died.

      2. avatar Accur81 says:

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I support the death penalty in cases like these.

  29. avatar Calvin says:

    Yup, in New York 7 rounds for 3 thugs means only 1 thing: NoZambique!

  30. avatar former water walker says:

    I’ll say a prayer for Mr Byrd. Sorry 2maik. Hippocratic oath you say? The same one abortionists take? Sure. I bet if we brought back chain gangs we’d have less of this s##t.

  31. avatar Larry says:

    Um my two white daughters ,the RN and CPA are dating boys in medical school and law school.

    Sorry about yours…..

  32. avatar JohnTX says:

    That’s an interesting diatribe there, 2maik7. So tell me, what do you plan to do if the two survivors break into your house, bore them to death? Of course the constitution is the foundation of our society, but its job is to secure justice. A couple of these guys have rap sheets as long as your arm and are still running around terrorizing old men and young girls. What about their fourth, fifth, and fourteenth amendment rights?

    I hear ya talkin’ but personally I wish the two survivors were airlifted to a ditch somewhere.

  33. avatar jwm says:

    Wonder how many weekends grandpa spent getting tacticool training from former “operators” before he was qualified enough to shoot these 3?

    I have granddaughters and a safe full of guns. a j fame is in my pocket as I type this.

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      rule #1: be careful whom you open the door for. Saves ammo and helps to avoid getting shot.

  34. avatar S.CROCK says:

    Do we know the round count or weapon(s) used?

    1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      Does it matter? Really?

      I get we all want to “learn what we can,” but at the end of the day…Rule #1 is “Have a Gun.”

      Well, Rule 0 could be said to be “have the willingness to fight back SOMEHOW,” but still. Round count and caliber and make/model/bullet type…all academic.

      Study of real gunfights like this one shows none of that really makes much difference.

  35. avatar Aaron says:

    The grandpa is hero for winning a gunfight against 3 BGs who were going to rape his grand daughter. But the burning question is why did he open the door? didn’t he have a window or peephole so he could see who was on the other side?

  36. avatar doesky2 says:

    Darn…. I had heard the three perps were planning to go to college next semester.

    1. avatar alexander says:

      Yes, these three gentle boys had full scholarships. Well, two of them will have full scholarships…

  37. avatar bandolero says:

    But their mamas said they were such good boys they’d never do such a thing!

  38. avatar Robert Inguaggiato says:

    Should have contacted Govenor Malloy. You could hav got um ,ahh um ahh bba umm. Govenor. Cuomo was in Bloomberg’ s pocket. Getting more money.

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