MIAMI (CBS4)– A man from Castle Rock was shot and killed after he got between a gunman and his family in Miami. Dustin Wakefield was dining with his family in South Beach when a man fired three shots from just two feet away.
Family tells CBS4 Wakefield was on vacation with his wife and one-year-old son. When the gunman approached, Wakefield stepped in the way and said, “this is my son” before he was shot, a witness told CBS4 Miami.
“After the shooting, he was dancing on top of the guy,” said a another witness, who didn’t want to be identified.
Wakefield’s uncle, Michael Wakefield told CBS4 that he was a hero, standing between the gunman, later identified as Tamarius Davis, and his family.
“Dustin saved his family and innocent bystanders by standing up in the face of evil. Dustin you are a bright light for everybody you touched you will definitely be missed. But never forgotten you are truly a hero,” Wakefield said in a Facebook post.
An arrest report states that Davis confessed to the shooting, saying he was high on mushrooms and chose to randomly shoot two people because he felt empowered. The second victim was shot, but suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Davis is facing several charges, including second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted murder. He is being held without bond at the Miami-Dade County Jail.
Wakefield’s uncle shared a GoFundMe page to help his family with CBS4.
He says his nephew was passionate about music and worked in construction. Over the phone, he described Wakefield as a family man and hard worker.