Fight over parking spot leads to deadly Florida shooting near Clearwater

Pauline Gross
July 22, 2018

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters on Friday that authorities have determined that Drejka is protected by the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, which provides immunity to someone who used force believing their life is in danger.

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 auto in a handicap spot.

On Thursday shortly after 3 p.m., Michael Drejka, 47, got into a shouting match with a woman named Britany Jacobs who sat inside a vehicle parked at a handicapped spot outside of a small food store in Clearwater, Florida, a city less than 30 miles from Tampa, Gualtieri said.

While still on the ground, Drejka pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton in the chest, with a weapon he was legally carrying with a concealed carry permit.

Florida's "stand your ground" law allows the use of deadly force in the name of self-defense.

Sheriff Gualtieri said that Drejka appeared to act out of fear for his safety within the bounds of the law, but that the case would be handed over to prosecutors for a final determination. McGlockton ran back into the store where his five-year-old son was standing at the front door, watching the entire incident happen right before his eyes. "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".

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People say McGlockton went to the Circle A store often and community members say they're outraged. Because of that, he is covered under Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

"Its a wrongful death". "It's messed up. Markeis is a good man ... he was just protecting us, you know? And it hurts so bad".

The law went even further previous year, when lawmakers shifted the burden of proof from defense attorneys to prosecutors.

- Another case is putting Florida's Stand Your Ground law to the test. Moments later, Jacobs rushes into the store, tries to help McGlockton and then begins to make a call on her cell.

According to Salous, it's not the first time Drejka started an argument over the parking spot.

The details to Thursdays incident are similar: Drejka walking around the truck checking for decals, then confronting Kelly, 31, about why he parked there. "Just to argue just to find someone to argue with", Selous said. The fight escalated, and Drejka threatened to shoot him, Kelly said.

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