A surveillance camera filmed a man fatally shooting another man outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida, on July 19.
Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton after McGlockton confronted Drejka’s girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, for parking in a handicapped spot, reports CNN.
Drejka came out of the store, and confronted McGlockton who pushed Drejka down; as McGlockton stepped away, Drejka fatally shot McGlockton in the chest, notes NBC News.
Drejka reportedly had a concealed weapons license.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained why he refused to file charges against Drejka:
He had to shoot to defend himself. You know, and those are the facts, and that’s the law.
Markeis should not have gone up and slammed this guy to the ground. Markeis wouldn’t be dead if Markeis didn’t slam this guy to the ground.
So Markeis has got skin in this game, too. And the reason why it makes it justified, and within the framework of “stand your ground,” is because of what Markeis did.
There is a pause — even if it’s only for a couple seconds — there is a pause between the time Drejka hits the ground and he shoots. That pause gives me pause.
That pause gives me some concern. And it goes back to what I said when I opened: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
The Florida State Attorney’s Office is expected to review the shooting and make a final decision regarding possible criminal charges, notes NBC News.
Under the “Stand Your Ground” law, Floridians such as George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, have been able to justify using deadly force in order to “prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.”
The gun owner is not required to try to flee from danger before shooting, but is allowed to “stand” his or her “ground.”