Victim's girlfriend says gunman provoked fatal 'stand your ground' shooting

Victim's girlfriend says gunman provoked fatal 'stand your ground' shooting

Victim's girlfriend says gunman provoked fatal 'stand your ground' shooting

A Florida sheriff says the state's "Stand Your Ground" law prevents the arrest of a man who fatally shot another man last week during an argument over a handicapped parking spot.

"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.

Jacobs, who witnessed the shooting along with the couple's 5-year-old son, said she and her two small children were waiting in the vehicle for her boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, while he ran into a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida. The driver who parked in the handicap spot is a woman.

Deputies are investigating a deadly shooting at a convenience store in unincorporated Clearwater, Florida. Both men were fighting over the same handicap space.

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

"He's getting out like he's a police officer or something, and he's approaching me", she said. "A witness goes in the store and he let the owner know that there was somebody out there messing with a woman in a auto", she said. Drejka then pulls out a gun and shoots McGlockton square in the chest.

Drejka, who is white, told local police he shot McGlockton, who is black, out of fear for his life.

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"There's been no update or change", Gross said. McGlockton died right in front of his 5-year-old son. Investigators say he was cooperative and spoke openly with investigators about what had transpired.

Forty-Seven-Year-Old Michael Drejka of Florida will not face charges after he shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, 28, earlier this week.

'It's a wrongful death. "It's messed up. Markeis is a good man ..."

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

Police say there was no arrest because of the state's "stand your ground" or "shoot first" status.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the shooting was "within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified". "All he was trying to do was just protect his family". 'But I'll also say this, I'm also not going to substitute my judgement for Drejka's judgement sitting on that ground, after having been slammed to the ground'.

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