Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law cited in fatal parking lot shooting

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A “Stand Your Ground” case out of Clearwater, Florida is in the hands of the State’s Attorney’s Office after the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office determined the shooter won’t be arrested, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Friday.

According to the sheriff, state law supports the shooter’s claim he was in fear for his life after being “violently” pushed to the ground. 

Deputies said Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton Thursday afternoon during a dispute over a handicap parking spot at a Circle A Food Store.

According to detectives, Britany Jacobs, McGlockton’s girlfriend, was waiting outside in the parking lot when she was approached by 47-year-old Michael Drejka. Drejka and Jacobs got into an argument about Jacobs parking in a handicapped parking space.

While inside the convenience store, a witness alerted the clerk of the argument occurring in the parking lot. 

McGlockton went outside and saw Drejka arguing with Jacobs and pushed him to the ground. Four seconds later, Drejka fired a round from his gun, striking McGlockton in the chest.

Jacobs says she wants justice and that Drejka’s “Stand Your Ground” claim is wrong.

“I think it’s wrong and it shouldn’t be right because he came approaching me and all Markeis did was try to protect us and protect his family and it’s wrong because he shot a fire in front of my son,” she said.

Sheriff Gualtieri said McGlockton should not have put his hands on Drejka. 

“The law is the law and I have to enforce the law,” said Sheriff Gualtieri.

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