Yard man no play wid people. That was the reaction of most Jamaicans to a news clip making the rounds of social media that reported that a 60-Year-old Miami man with a heavy Jamaican accent — was forced to shoot and kill a gunman who had broken in to his van early Monday morning.
The man, Donovan Stewart, claimed that the man had been attempting to rob him of his jewelry.
“The guy I killed last night, he put an AK-47 to my damn face,” said Donovan Stewart.
Stewart told CBS4’S Peter D’Oench that he had to act quickly because he was worried about the safety of his 11-year-old son and girlfriend who were in the van with him.
“I am from Kingston town in Jamaica,” he said, “and I am not going to go out like a punk. So I emptied my Glock in his chest. This man tried to get in my van while I was sleeping and he was surprised to see what I did.”
Well, he opened the door like this and pointed his AK-47 and I reached around like this and got my gun. That is how I did this to him,” he said, pantomiming his movements from the actual shooting incident.
The scene was played out in a manner that the late indie-cult actor Louie ‘Teddy Brukshut’ Rankin would have loved. All hail the Jamaican Don Dadda. Stewart claimed to be a member of the NRA.
“So I thought you are you going to kill me so now I have to act quickly because I am trained,” he said. “You know I have a security license, I have a G license and I have a state firearms license and a concealed weapons permit and I have a gun and I am a member of the NRA.”
“I am going to defend my life and those I love,” he said. “My family is innocent and just don’t put an AK-47 in my face. I will not allow that to happen. This guy also hijacked a woman in a van and was found with her car key. He robbed another woman at gunpoint.”
“You want to come looking for trouble,” he said. “Come to me. Come to me. I wouldn’t do anything like this to anybody and they picked the wrong person in this case.
Miami Police Officer Mike Vega said while this appears to be a case of self-defense the investigation is still open.
“Everyone is cooperating,” he said, “but we still need to receive more information. We need to put this all together and determine what happened.”