Florida Man Not Charged in Fatal Parking Space Shooting Incident
Many non-Floridians don't quite understand what the Sunshine State's 'Stand Your Ground' law is.
A recent confrontation in Clearwater was captured on video showing how little it takes for a citizen to legally shoot a fellow-citizen.
It happened outside of a convenience store after a man - Michael Drejka - verbally confronted a woman - Britany Jacobs - while she was sitting in her car, parked in a handicapped spot. There were no markings on the vehicle indicating a disability, and Drejka took issue with the apparent violation and spoke up about it.
When Jacobs' boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, came out of the convenience store he saw the argument, confronted Drejka and shoved him to the ground.
Drejka - who is reportedly licensed to conceal carry - hit the ground, rolled over, pulled out his licensed handgun and shot McGlockton in the chest. McGlockton clutched his chest, ran back into the convenience store, and died soon after.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has determined that based on the 'Stand Your Ground' law, the shooting was justified as Drejka felt threatened, and therefore had the right to shoot.
ABCactionNews.com reports this isn't the first incident involving Drejka confronting a customer at the convenience store over a parking space:
The store owner tells ABC Action News that Drejka has a history of assaulting people in the very parking lot the shooting took place. A man who frequents the store told ABC Action News he had a run-in with the man who opened fire just one month ago.
Rich Kelly says the man picked a fight with him over a parking spot, using racial slurs, and even threatening to kill him. Now, a month later, a similar case, ending with a father killed in front of his 5-year-old son.
The sheriff's office has determined Drejka will not face charges in connection with the fatal shooting incident.