Florida Stand Your Ground Shooting Over Handicapped Parking Spot
An altercation over a woman parking in a handicapped spot in Clearwater, Florida ended with one man dead, and the community reeling. The Sheriff of Pinellas County stated he can’t charge the gunman because of the Florida stand your ground law.
The incident occurred on Thursday in the parking lot of a Circle A food store in Clearwater. Britany Jacobs, 24, had illegally parked her car in a handicapped space. Michael Drejka confronted her and a “pretty severe” argument ensued.
“There was no physical violence. There was no threats, but it was a disturbance that they were yelling at each other and he was complaining about her parking in the handicap spot.” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
When Jacobs’ boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, who was in the store with his 5 year old son, came outside, he walked over to Drejka, and shoved him to the ground.
“McGlockton approached Drejka. He didn’t waste any time getting to him, and then he pushed him, but it isn’t just a push. He really slammed him to the ground.” Gualtieri
“By this time a witness pulls up and everybody hears us going back and forth with one another. … A witness goes in the store and he let the owner know that there was somebody out there messing with a woman in a car. My man hears what’s going on, sees the guy yelling at me and I’m sitting in the car. My man is defending me and his children, so he pushes him down.” Britany Jacobs
At that point, Dejka pulled out a gun- he is a legal concealed carrier- and shot McGlockton once in the chest. He told deputies that he was in fear for his life. Djeka is white, McGlockton was black, as is his girlfriend.
Sheriff Gualtieri will not charge Dejka with the shooting because of the Florida stand your ground law.
“He felt after being slammed to the ground that the next thing was that he was going to be further attacked by McGlockton and that he was focused on McGlockton’s lower body, really couldn’t see his hands, but he felt the next thing was that he was gonna be slammed again and that he’d be struck again and he was in fear.” Gualtieri
The Sheriff stated that there are “bookends” to the Florida stand your ground law that was recently modified to say that the prosecution must prove the the defendant does NOT have the right to claim stand your ground.
The state Attorney General’s office is investigating further. The main issue here is that McGlockton backed up when Drejka pulled the gun before he opened fire. Did that indicate the threat was not imminent? Drejka reportedly has a history of harassing customers at the store previously, according to ABC.
Here is the surveillance video: