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


"I'm not saying I agree with the [the law], but I don't make that call", said Gualtieri, who added that the roughly four seconds between when Drejka hits the ground and when he fires his weapon gives him pause. The woman's boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, of Clearwater, was inside the store to buy his 5-year-old son a candy bar, according to the store owner. The men were allegedly arguing about a handicap parking space when the shooting occurred, according to Newsweek.

Police told the news outlet that Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend after she parked in a handicapped spot, without having a permit.

Emotions are still running high after a man was killed during a confrontation over a parking space at the Circle A Food Store in Clearwater on Thursday, July 19.

Drejka begins scolding the driver and gestures toward the other empty spots in the parking lot.

He said that during the ensuing argument Drejka threatened to shoot him. As you can see in there, there is a pause, even if it's only for a couple seconds, there is a pause between the time Drejka hits the ground and he shoots.

Drejka "felt after being slammed to the ground, the next thing was he was going to be further attacked by McGlockton", said Gualtieri, who has been sheriff since 2011 and also has a law degree.

"There's been no update or change", Gross said. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Onlooker Michael Drejka got out of his parked auto and began "harassing" her about being parked in a handicap space, she said. Investigators say he was cooperative and spoke openly with investigators about what had transpired.

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Drejka walked around his truck, looking for handicap decals, then demanded to know why Kelly had parked there, the trucker told the Tampa Bay Times.

"It's a wrongful death", she told the newspaper earlier Friday.

"He was a good man", Jacobs said of McGlockton.

"I just want justice", Jacobs told ABC. "And it hurts so bad".

Police, citing the "stand your ground" law, did not arrest Drejka.

Gualtieri said the "stand your ground" law is clear and subjective and that this incident "is within the bookends" of the self-defense law, which was recently modified.

'I'm a firm believe in the adage just because you can doesn't mean you should, ' Gualtieri said.