“My heart was beating, but I knew that I had to do something, like hit him with something, so I just grabbed a weapon that was nearby,” he said.

A young man, whom police later identified as Jataveon Deshawn Hall, 19, slowly walked through the home. He grabbed a pellet rifle, which Braydon knew was not loaded.

When he came to Braydon’s room, the man peeked through door with the rifle.

“He grabbed my machete and told me to sit on the ground and get in the closet,” Braydon said.

Braydon obeyed, until the man turned his back as he walked into the living room and started to pocket Braydon’s cell phone.

Braydon picked up the machete the man had dropped on the floor and swung it at him, striking him in the back of the neck.

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