'Stand your ground' law protects gunman in deadly shooting over parking spot

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

McGlockton was shot and killed by Michael Drejka during an argument over a handicap parking space.

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Slate reports that Gualtieri made sure to emphasize the power of the shove, as if to justify Drejka's actions.

Immediately after going down, Drejka shot McGlockton in the chest. "I enforce the law", Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a news conference Friday.

"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".

As seen in surveillance footage obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, the shooter, Michael Drejka, was pushed to the ground by McGlockton, who then began to walk away. His killer was not charged due to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, around 3:28 p.m. Thursday, Britany Jacobs, 24, was sitting in her vehicle 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 used to be that the defendant had to raise stand your ground as a defense and the defendant had the burden of proving that they were entitled to immunity under Stand Your Ground.

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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". "We didnt ask for any of this", Workmans wife, Kathryn, told the Times.

"He was a good man and all he was trying to do was protect his family", Jacobs said.

Still, Gualtieri told reporters, the legal question is not about whether Drejka was right in being the self-appointed vigilante protector of the handicap spot.

He said the case would be reviewed by the state attorney who will determine whether Mr Drejka should be charged. It wasn't long before McGlockton came out along with their 5-year-old son and tried to diffuse the situation. Gualtieri said that McGlockton slammed Drejka to the ground. The children are 5 years old, 3 years old, and 4 months old.

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

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