Castle Rock man killed in Florida while protecting 1-year-old son

Suspect being held without bond.

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A Castle Rock man was killed by a gunman Aug. 24 while eating dinner with his family on vacation in Miami Beach, Florida.

Police and family members say Dustin Wakefield died while protecting his 1-year-old son.

According to news reports of the event, Wakefield, 21, was sitting with his family around 6:30 p.m. when the suspected gunman came in and pointed the weapon at Wakefield’s 1-year-old baby.

Trying to protect his child, Wakefield stepped in front of his son and was shot multiple times, according to reports. Wakefield was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A police arrest report said Tamarius Blair Davis Jr., 22, of Norcross, Georgia,  admitted the shooting. According to police and eyewitness accounts, Davis said he was high on mushrooms and felt empowered as he entered the restaurant, La Cerveceria, and picked Wakefield at random.

During the initial court appearance, which allowed cameras, Davis asked Judge Mindy Glazer, of the Florida 11th Circuit Court, about bond. Judge Glazer replied, "There is no bond. You shot and killed someone in cold blood."

Following the shooting, a video showed on local news channels shows Davis dancing outside of the restaurant. As he laid in a nearby alley with police arresting him, Davis could be heard saying, "I did it. I did it."

Wakefield’s uncle, Michael Wakefield, has set up a gofundme account in his nephew’s honor. To donate to the Wakefield family click here.

Colorado Community Media will provide updates to this story as information is made available.

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