Florida sheriff won't charge man in deadly "stand your ground" shooting

Glen Norman
July 23, 2018

Image from surveillance video showing fatal shooting after an argument over a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store in Clearwater, Fla.

Authorities say that Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend, 25-year-old Brittany Jacobs, about parking in a handicapped space without a permit. He circled Jacob's vehicle, looking for a handicap decal and, finding none, proceeded to forcefully explain to her the finer points of Florida's disabled parking regulations.

At this point the exchange turned physical, with McGlockton coming to the defence of his partner.

McGlockton, leaving his son in the store, rushes outside and directly up to Drejka, shoving him hard onto the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulled out his gun and fired a single shot at McGlockton in the chest.

McGlockton stumbled into the store covered in blood after the shooting, Jacobs' told the Times.

A Florida man who shot another man following an altercation over a handicapped parking spot won't be facing charges due to the state's Stand Your Ground law. The sheriff who investigated said the shooter was justiifed un the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. View at your own discretion. "Just to argue just to find someone to argue with", Selous said. "He flipped out saying he would shoot me". By the time he was brought to a nearby hospital, McGlockton was pronounced dead.

Forty-Seven-Year-Old Michael Drejka of Florida will not face charges after he shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, 28, earlier this week. "It's messed up. Markeis is a good man ..."

McGlockton had gone inside to purchase snacks and sodas with their 5-year-old son, according to the paper.

Now protesters say they feel very strongly that this shouldn't have fallen under "Stand Your Ground" because of how it all happened.

While police didn't arrest Drejka, Jacobs is looking into a lawyer to get justice for her now-deceased boyfriend.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the shooting was "within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified".

Sheriff Gualtieri said that Drejka appeared to act out of fear for his safety within the bounds of the law, but that the case would be handed over to prosecutors for a final determination.

"What's relevant is not whether this guy's a good guy, nice guy, or whether he's a jerk, or whether he's a thorn in people's side and what he's done, whether it's three weeks ago, three months ago or three years ago", the sheriff said.

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