Victim: Shawn Byers
The accused: Christopher Paul Pink


Shawn Byers

Black male

Age at time: 43

Weapon: unarmed


Christopher Paul Pink

White male

Age at time: 40

Weapon: none

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Unprovoked attack




Case year:

Location details: outside defendant's house in Largo, Pinellas County, on April 05, 2011

What happened: On their way home from work, Shawn Byers dropped off the girlfriend of defendant Christopher Pink at Pink's Largo residence. According to the arrest affidavit, Pink attacked Byers as Byers was trying to walk the girlfriend to her car. Pink allegedly reached into Byers' vehicle, head-butted him and pushed him against the passenger seat. Byers fled the vehicle through the passenger door, the affidavit says.

The outcome: Pink was arrested on charges of burglary of an occupied conveyance; felony battery and VOP DUI and domestic violence protection injunction. The defense filed a motion to dismiss due to Stand Your Ground law which was denied on 9/29/12. Pink changed his plea to guilty to the burglary and battery charges on 10/2/12.

Investigating agency: Largo Police Department

Case decision made by: Pending

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


Source: Largo Police Department, April 5, 2011.

Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, April 5, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013