A 27-year-old man was behind bars Monday after the Broward Sheriff’s Office said he shot a driver parked at a gas station, carjacked a woman and three children, then attempted to run over a deputy.
Dwayne Dyer was arrested Sunday night and charged with first-degree murder, carjacking and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He also had a weapons offense warrant out of New York.
“In a matter of three hours, Dyer committed a murder, an armed carjacking and tried to run over a deputy,” said BSO Spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. “The community’s cooperation coupled with excellent work by our deputies and detectives resulted in the quick apprehension of a very dangerous man.”
Deputies say Kemar Austin, 29, had pulled into the Citgo station at 4449 N. State Road 7 at about 2 p.m. Sunday when he was shot. Badly wounded, he then drove 10 blocks north from the gas station and careened onto a raised median at Northwest 34th Street and State Road 7.
Austin was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center, where he died.
Meanwhile, according to the police report, detectives pulled surveillance video from the station and saw a man dressed in a white shirt and camouflage pants approach a dark-colored Acura with his right arm outstretched. A gun was visible. The shooter then left in a silver Toyota.
A witness called police with the tag number, and when deputies went to the car owner’s residence, Dyer took off running, according to deputies. As he ran away from deputies, he spotted a woman and her three kids in the parking lot of an apartment complex and told the woman to drive. She refused and she and the children got out. Dyer jumped in the woman’s car and drove off. The carjacking victim reported the incident and deputies issued a be-on-the-lookout order.
A deputy in Lauderdale Lakes spotted the car heading south on State Road 7 near the Boulevard of Champions and walked onto the road to stop Dyer. Dyer accelerated and the deputy jumped out of the way. Dyer drove a little farther and crashed before taking off running. Deputies caught up with him and he was arrested.
Concepcion said Monday that it didn’t appear that Dyer knew Austin, and the motive may have been robbery.
“It’s sad to think that the victim didn’t even know the suspect,” she said. “He was truly a victim in this case and now his family is suffering the loss.”