82-year-old Man Kills Home Invasion Suspect

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

"I thought he'd come in here and kill me," says Bradley Harvell.

The 82-year-old Liberty County man got the shock of his life around 9:00 p.m. Sunday night when a man dressed all in black knocked on his door. Harvell lives off of State Road 12, near the town of Bristol, Florida.

When Harvell opened the door, he says the man shocked him with a stun device. The intruder then pushed his way into the home.

"He was saying give me your money," says Harvell. "All of it. I want all of it."

Harvell says he gave the would-be thief some money, but then he wanted more. Harvell says there was a struggle.

"All of a sudden, I reached down here and the thing over here and got a pistol that I had down there. A 357 magnum pistol that I've had for years and I brought it out and I shot him," says Harvell. He says he shot twice and killed the intruder.

Liberty County Sheriff's deputies have identified the would-be robber as 24-year-old Octavius Barnes. He died at the scene.

Harvell says he didn't know Barnes. Friends think Harvell's rural home was targeted because it is attached to his business, a bar called The Slip and Slide.

All day, his friends have been coming by to check on him.

"I was kind of scared for him, but I guess he can take care of himself," says friend Eugene Jacobs.

"He seems to be doing well," says Irma Kidwell, Harvell's second cousin.

"I think they underestimated Bradley," says friend Theresa Kever. "He's still going strong."

As if to prove it, 20 hours after the ordeal, Harvell opened his bar back up for business.

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. A spokesperson says, in addition to the stun device, the invader was also carrying a toy pistol. Autopsy results should be available on Tuesday.


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  • by Madeline Location: Orlando on Dec 5, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    I personally knew Octavius "Kracker" Barnes. This comes as quite a shock to me. I didn't realize 7 years ago that he would end up shot and killed in a home invasion!
  • by devyn on Oct 20, 2009 at 04:19 AM
    mr.Harvell passed away monday oct. 19th. He has had severe chest pains since being tased so many times.I am a good friend of bradley, he is a real life hero in my world.He will be severly missed. my heart is with his family in this sad time.
  • by Ace Location: AZ on Aug 2, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    R, Did it ever cross your mind that this young man is a product of his family? While you are busy paying homage to a cowards family, I'll be smoking a cigar I have saved for an occasion just like this. Thank you Mr. Harvell for being an upstanding citizen and a leader of your community. We need more people like you. I wish I could buy you a beer.
  • by Denise Location: PA on Aug 2, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Great story! The lying, evil Controlled Media rarely tells the truth about crime, and who the vast majority of tyhe crimonals ARE. The Black on White crime rates are horrific. Blacks attack and kill Whites every single day. I'm delighted to see the tables turned. Jusy think of all the victims that the heroic 82 yr old Mr. Harvell has spared.
  • by CHeryl Location: Florida on Jul 26, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Oops, I forgot to put my name unlike some people on here on the Anonymous on Jul 26, 2009 at 01:16 PM post. Sorry!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    Anonymous on Jul 25, 2009 at 09:55 PM...Thank you Dr Phil for the counseling session. I guess you missed in school the part about loving someone or something vs being in love with someone. I can love someone as a person or a puppy, car, dress, etc. That does not mean I am in love with them. Heck, I could probably love you as a person IF you were not such a jerk!
  • by Axeman Location: USA on Jul 26, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Thank you Mr. Harvell for making the world a better, safer place. Octavius Barnes is now where he, and those like him, belong. Dead. Good riddance. Hope it hurt(s).
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    Cheryl thats why your husband is not happy with you cause you love other people to much you got to focus it going on right in your face you will never know but i know; LOL no need to wonder you will see the light soon!hahahahahahaha
  • by CITIZEN Location: USA on Jul 25, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    YOU PEOPLE THAT AGREE WITH TAKEING OUR GUNS. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT WILL HAVE GUNS ARE THE CROOKS.THEN HOW WILL YOU DEFEND YOURSELS.INSTEAD OF TAKEING OUR GUNS LET'S TRY LOCKING UP THE BAD PEOPLE.
  • by Matt Location: Dodge City on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    Way! to go,That's how we did it in the Old Days! Great Job! He needs to be The President!! not the one we got now!!! He's out to get our GUNS!!!!
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