Standoff in Dublin ends peacefully

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

DUBLIN — A 20-year-old man who barricaded himself in his Dublin home and fired shots at law enforcement officers who were called to the scene has been detained by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office after a six-hour standoff on Tuesday.

“A bad day turned into a good day,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker.

After negotiations by a SWAT team from Fayetteville were unsuccessful, MacKenzie Brisson was taken into custody at about 6 p.m. when he was found hiding in a pickup truck in the garage of the residence near the intersection of N.C. 410 and Paul Brisson Road — just north of West Bladen High and Bladen Community College.

The incident began about noon when Brisson’s grandfather, Nelson Brisson, called the Sheriff’s Office and requested assistance because his grandson was “depressed and acting erratic.” It has been reported that the grandson’s girlfriend had broken up with him the day before, as well as the fact that he had gone to a the doctor on Monday and came home with about 60 pills of an unknown medication. By Tuesday, only about 18 of those pills allegedly remained.

When deputies arrived in the vicinity of the residence, the younger Brisson had barricaded himself in the home and allegedly fired shots at law enforcement, as well as throughout the house. The family had managed to leave the home, and nobody was reported injured during the incident.

“Nobody has been hurt, and we’re praying it stays that way,” McVicker said at a 4:30 p.m. press conference Tuesday. He also said that, after a robot was deployed inside the residence, there appeared to be a lot of gunfire damage and torn up furniture.

The sheriff added that there had been no response from MacKenzie Brisson since about 3 p.m. and that he had not responded to negotiators throughout the afternoon. He said a small amount of CS gas was used in the hopes of bringing Brisson out unharmed, but when he did not come out, law enforcement went into the home for a room-to-room search. That’s when MacKenzie Brisson was found in the garage.

Once Brisson was located, McVicker said he became irate and was taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries. McVicker said it was too early to determine what, if any, charges might be filed.

McKenzie Brisson is a graduate of West Bladen High, where he was a member of the school’s hunter safety competition team — which competed in archery, skeet and rifle challenges.

Olivia Shaw was a classmate of Brisson’s, teammate on the hunter safety team and lives just a couple of blocks from him.

“We hung out a lot when we were in high school,” she said. “We’d ride golf carts, played corn hole and just hung out.”

Shaw added that McKenzie Brisson was always comfortable around guns and was an avid hunter.

“I’m real surprised about this,” she said, “mostly because of his family background.”

Shaw said Brisson’s mother was a teacher at West Bladen, he had a family member who was a Bladen County sheriff’s deputy and his grandfather’s brother, William Brisson, is an longtime N.C. representative.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the incident by the N.C. Highway Patrol, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office,, State Bureau of Investigation as well as local law enforcement and EMS units.

Students at the community college were on lockdown during the early stages of the incident, while West Bladen High and Dublin Primary lifted a precautionary shelter-in-places at about 2:50 p.m.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or

20-year-old kept law enforcement at bay for six hours on Tuesday

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal