Gunman not charged in Florida 'Stand Your Ground' shooting

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

After a couple of seconds elapse, Drejka is seen pulling out a gun and shooting McGlockton once in the chest. Jacobs says Drejka yelled at her for parking in a handicapped spot without a permit.

Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton, 28, after McGlockton exited the store, returned to the parking lot and pushed Drejka to the ground.

Prior to the shooting, McGlockton had parked in a handicap spot with his girlfriend and three children before he entered the store to purchase food with his five-year-old son.

"Our job and our role is not to substitute our judgment for the law and what the Legislature has crafted as the framework", Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. "I enforce the law", Gualtieri said. It wasn't long before McGlockton came out along with their 5-year-old son and tried to diffuse the situation. Because of that, he is covered under Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

A "pretty significant yelling match" broke out when Drejka arrived at the Circle A Food Store at 1201 Sunset Point Rd.in Clearwater and saw that McGlockton's girlfriend, 24-year-old Brittany Jacobs, had illegally parked her vehicle in a handicap spot.

McGlockton stumbled back into the store and fought for his life for the next 30 minutes, but was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Florida lawmakers cited the case of James Workman, 77, when they called for a change to existing criminal law in 2004.

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"He told deputies that he had to shoot to defend himself. They [ask], 'Can we prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt?' and if you have the sheriff standing up in front of a podium saying, 'We don't have probable cause to even believe he should be arrested, ' it's going to be hard for the State Attorney's Office to turn around and say, 'Well, we think he should be prosecuted, '" Rickman explained.

"The immunity under the stand your ground law is not just an immunity from being charged, not just an immunity from being convicted, but is an immunity from arrest..."

'No matter how you slice it or dice it that was a violent push to the ground.

At this time, Drejka will not be facing any charges. The law exempts people who use force from prosecution if they fear for their lives.

"This will go to the state attorney".

Shevrin Jones, a black Democratic state lawmaker, tweeted Sunday that McGlockton's death "should give a clear sign that Florida need (s) to take a look and make changes to Stand Your Ground". He left his girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, and several children in the auto, where Drejka was nearby.

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