Citing 'stand your ground' law, sheriff won't arrest parking lot shooter

Police said gunman Michael Drejka got into a shouting match with a woman over her use of a handicapped parking spot without a permit. He was then confronted by her boyfriend Markeis McGlockton who pushed Drejka in the chest. Drejka reacted by shooting Mc

Florida cops won’t charge man in shocking parking lot shooting over state’s ‘stand your ground’ law

It began with a fight over a parking spot at a convenience store in Clearwater.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department has ultimately decided not to press charges against Michael Drejka, whom they deemed acted within the bounds of Florida's self-defense law known universally as "Stand Your Ground".

Police told the news outlet that Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend after she parked in a handicapped spot, without having a permit. Drejka then raises his hand, which appears to be holding a gun, and shoots McGlockton. McGlockton fell to the ground inside the store and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

"Im not saying I agree with it, but I dont make that call", Gualtieri said Friday.

According to witnesses, upon returning to the auto McGlockton saw the altercation and pushed Drejka to the ground.

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. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the state would not bring charges against Drejka, as the shooting "is within the bookends of "stand your ground" and within the bookends of force being justified".

The State Attorney General could still make an arrest.

People say McGlockton went to the Circle A store often and community members say they're outraged.

Florida cops won’t charge man in shocking parking lot shooting over state’s ‘stand your ground’ law

McGlockton and his five-year-old son get out of the vehicle and go into the convenience store while his girlfriend Jacobs waits in the driver's seat.

McGlockton, leaving his son in the store, rushes outside and directly up to Drejka, shoving him hard onto the ground. The law exempts people who use force from prosecution if they fear for their lives.

"He's getting out like he's a police officer or something, and he's approaching me", she said.

There is no indication in the news reports about the incident that McGlockton was armed.

Detectives said Drejka was cooperative with investigators and has a valid concealed weapons license with the state.

That action, and the seconds that followed it, have thrust the dispute over the handicap parking spot into the nationwide debate about "stand your ground" laws.

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, established in 2005, grants residents the right to use force if they reasonably believe they are at risk of great harm or death.

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