jehrarrd williams & dakota fields

Jehrarrd Williams & Dakota Fields

*This is an interesting, but messy and sad situation.

And it’s a cautionary tale of paying with your life for messing with the wrong person

In Fort Meyers (Florida), the State Attorney’s Office says it will not file any charges against a black man who shot and killed Dakota Fields, a 24-year-old white man, in January at a Waffle House restaurant.

Jehrardd Williams, 28, is the man who shot Fields, but the reports released this week indicate Williams feared for his life when he fired three shots at Fields.

Here’s what is reporting:

Fields and several friends were in the restaurant early in the morning on Jan. 5 after drinking the night before. The report says the group was loud and seemingly intoxicated when an argument started.

A man that was with Fields shook hands with another patron at the restaurant, but when he reached out to shake hands with Williams, Williams did not shake his hand.

In response, video surveillance shows Fields’ friend punched Williams in the head.

After that, the video shows Fields appearing from outside the restaurant in the doorway. Williams retrieved a gun from his holster in his jeans and put it behind his back. Fields lunged at Williams, and Williams fired three shots at Fields – hitting him in the torso.

Fields and his friends ran out of the restaurant and got into an SUV. The SUV crashed just six miles away near downtown Fort Myers. Fields died of a gunshot wound to the torso.

Williams stayed at the restaurant and called 911, waiting for deputies to arrive.

He also has a permit to carry the weapon.

[READ: Full report from the State Attorney’s Office]