"Stand Your Ground" Law Protects Shooter In Deadly Fight Over Parking Spot

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

'Stand your ground' law protects shooter in deadly fight over parking space: sheriff

CCTV footage of the incident shows Drejka confronting the victim's girlfriend about their vehicle being parked in a handicapped parking spot without a permit.

He said he had to call the police after that fight. Drejka will not be charged [and] will not be arrested by us. McGlockton then approached the pair, and reportedly "slammed [Drejka] him to the ground".

"Maybe somebody could make the case that this guy could've handled this differently, but that's why you've got a range and you've got bookends and you're going to have things that fall toward one end of the bookend or the other, that aren't squarely in the middle". McGlockton was wounded in the chest, and ran back into the store, where surveillance footage from inside showed him falling to the ground in front of his 5-year-old.


According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, around 3:28 p.m. Thursday, Britany Jacobs, 24, was sitting in her auto in a handicapped parking space outside a Circle A Food Store while her boyfriend Markeis McGlockton, 28, and their son Markeis McGlockton Jr., 5, went into the store. The law exempts people who use force from prosecution if they fear for their lives.

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The incident "is within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified", Gualtieri told reporters Friday. "He was just trying to protect us". Jacobs told the Times. 'It's hard for a four- or five-year-old to witness what he saw.


The station quoted Gualtieri as saying the facts were clear: McGlockton violently shoved Drejka to the ground and Drejka feared for his life. The second was to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, which at the time offered affordable legal counsel for members who found themselves in Julians predicament.

Now, Jacobs vows to continue fighting for her partner while the case goes to the State Attorney's Office for a final decision on whether or not charges will be filed. George Zimmerman was famously acquitted under the law during his trial for shooting unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012.

"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. Drejka owned the gun legally and had a valid concealed carry permit, authorities said. Their 4-month-old and 3-year-old were in the auto at the time of the shooting, while their 5-year-old was inside the store.


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