Although the grandfather was shot in this incident his heroic actions were worthy of a medal. He was airlifted to a local hospital in serious condition, but his actions may have saved the lives of his wife and granddaughter.
A man came to the 67-year-old’s door saying he was having car troubles. The stranger convinced the NC grandfather to open his door and that’s when 3 men armed with guns came rushing in. The homeowner’s wife and 19-year-old granddaughter were home at the time.
The three armed intruders began making threats in the horrifying ordeal, but the grandfather of the home had seen enough when the intruders tried to rape his granddaughter.
According to fayobserver.com,
LUMBERTON – A Lumberton man traded gunfire with three men who forced their way into his home, robbed the family, tried to rape his granddaughter and stole his car Monday, Robeson County authorities said.
One of the men, identified as Jamie Faison, 20, was shot and found dead in the stolen Cadillac parked at his home on the 600 block of Singletary Church Road, Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said in a news release.The two other men turned up at area hospitals with gunshot wounds.
The homeowner, Kenneth Byrd, 67, was shot multiple times, the release said.
Authorities received a call about 10 p.m. that someone had been shot at a home on the 100 block of Yedda Road, east of Lumberton.
Deputies responded and found Byrd, his wife, Judy, 65, and his 19-year-old granddaughter at the home.
The family told them that a man came to the door and said he was having problems with his vehicle and needed water.
Two men wearing black clothing, ski masks and gloves forced their way into the home and demanded money, Sealey said.
All three of the men had guns.
The Byrds were pushed to the back of their home and instructed to open a safe.
When the men tried to rape the couple’s granddaughter, Byrd grabbed a gun and exchanged shots with the assailants, Sealey said.
The men fled in Byrd’s car.
But the men did not get very far. 67-year-old Byrd had connected with his firearm on all three intruders, even though he had been shot multiple times. One suspect was found dead not far from the house and the other 2 showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the grandfather who is in serious condition at the local hospital. We wish him well and a speedy recovery. According to recent reports he is out of surgery and in ICU.
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