Police say a Florida man will face no charges for shooting another man dead in a parking lot after an argument last week. Protesters gathered Sunday at the scene of the shooting in response.
Last Thursday, Markeis McGlockton parked in a handicap spot with his girlfriend and three young kids before going inside a convenience store with his five-year-old son to buy snacks. Outside, Michael Drejka approached McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs. Jacobs says Drejka yelled at her for parking in a handicapped spot without a permit.
Surveillance footage shows McGlockton then walked out of the store and shoved Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulled out his gun and fired a single shot at McGlockton in the chest. The 28-year-old stumbled back into the store and collapsed in front of his son.
Drejka has a concealed weapons permit and told police he shot McGlockton because he feared for his life.
The sheriff’s office says he is protected by Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force when fearing “imminent death or great bodily harm” without a duty to try to escape the danger.
“He had to shoot to defend himself,” Pinellas county sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. “And those are the facts and that’s the law “
But Jacobs says McGlockton backed away from Drejka after he pushed him.
“This is wrong,” Jacobs told CBS News’ Meg Oliver. “Because what my man was trying to do was protect his girl like anybody else would.”
The couple’s four-month-old son and three-year-old daughter were inside the car during the shooting.
Jacobs learned Drejka wouldn’t be charged from the news.
CBS News has not been able to reach Drejka for comment. The state attorney’s office will make the final decision on whether to press charges.
I’m sorry to tell you, but this is a clear case of self defense.
I’m just reading about this story and it’s just SAD. NOBODY HAD TO DIE.
Michael Drejka did what he felt was necessary. After watching the video you can see Markeis walk out from the store to confront a man talking to his girlfriend. From the video I didn’t see any violence, no intimidating action on camera from Michael. I only see Markeis walk out and shove Michael to the ground. He stood over him and Michael was practically on his ass looking up at Markeis. Nobody can say what was in Michael’s mind at the time he fired the shot.
My take on the story.
DON’T PARK IN A HANDICAP SPOT UNLESS YOU’RE CLEARED TO DO SO.
From my perspective, people are nosey. People need to mind their own business. It wasn’t Michael’s place to say anything to them about how they parked, but also, don’t you know the law? You aren’t allowed to park there without a permit. So girlfriend was wrong. Black people, stop thinking that the rules don’t apply to you. THEY DO. Move your FUCKING car to a legal spot. If a cop had been there, you would receive a hefty ticket. Why? You’re breaking the law.
Second point. Don’t put your hands on nobody. Markeis struck him first. He had NO right to touch that man. Keep your hands to yourself. If it had been you and you were knocked down to the ground by someone you were correcting and they proceeded to stand over you, would you fire? Well, stand your ground gives no duty to retreat. They don’t have to run from you. They can fight back if they fear for their safety.
This story sucks because in all honesty, nobody had to die. The car should have been moved to a proper location without a single word. Michael should have minded his own business. Markeis could have walked outside, ignored Michael, hopped into his car and drove away.