Newly released surveillance footage proves that a Florida man fired in self-defense when a shirtless patron tried to jump him at a Waffle House in Fort Myers.
The incident took place on Jan. 5 at about 2:40am after Jehrardd Williams, 28, who is black, sat at the dining counter near Jorge Hernandez. A group of three drunk men and a woman were seated at a nearby booth. Among them was a shirtless Dakota Fields, 24, who taunted Williams and Hernandez with racial slurs and then yelled, “What the f— are you mother f–kers looking at!”
Hernandez told the police that Williams did not respond, but Hernandez asked who Fields was talking to. Fields replied, “I am talking to both of you mother f–ckers.”
Williams asked the staff to hurry up with his order because he believed it was time to go.
Employees of the Waffle House told Fields to leave, which he abruptly did.
A friend of Fields, Robert Black, then went over to the two men and tried to shake their hands and apologize for Fields. Hernandez shook Black’s hand, but Williams was not interested, saying, “No, I’m cool.” The surveillance footage shows him shaking his head, “No.”
“What you’re not going to shake my hand?” Black said–and then punched Williams in the face, nearly knocking him to the ground. Williams responded by pulling out his gun and, according to the police report, “showed extreme restraint by taking several steps back and held the gun down at his side.” Williams has a conceal carry permit.
Williams yelled at Black, “Stop, I will shoot you.” Black told him to go ahead.
Fields suddenly rushed back into the restaurant, charging at Williams, as another member of the group held open the door.
Williams, fearing all three men were about to attack him “felt there was no other options but to shoot at Fields to prevent his attack,” the report said. He shot Fields three times.
Despite being shot, Fields and his group left the Waffle House and raced away in an SUV.
Williams removed the magazine from his weapon, placed his gun on the restaurant counter, and called 9-1-1. He then laid face down on the floor, where the police found him when they arrived a few minutes later.
Fields died six miles down the road, when the SUV he and his friends were in struck a vehicle at the base of a bridge.
A woman who was eating with her father in a booth at the restaurant ducked once the shooting began, but heard Williams say, “I told him.”
h/t: The Blaze
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