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Fight over parking spot leads to deadly Florida shooting near Clearwater

Fight over parking spot leads to deadly Florida shooting near Clearwater

A man who fatally shot another man in a dispute over a parking spot in Florida will not be arrested due to a "Stand Your Ground" state law which allows deadly force when someone reasonably believes their life is at risk. McGlockton's girlfriend, who along with her 5-year-old son witnessed the shooting, says she's furious. The father ran back into the store where he collapsed and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. "I'm not saying I agree with it, but I don't make that call", he said.

Prior to Gualtieri's announcement Friday, Jacobs told the newspaper that McGlockton died from a "wrongful death" as a result of Drejka's actions. The Sheriff's Department is not pressing charges against Drejka because of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

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.

It's now up to the State Attorney's Office to investigate further. Her boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, heard about the commotion from inside and went out to see what was happening.

McGlockton and his five-year-old son get out of the vehicle and go into the convenience store while his girlfriend Jacobs waits in the driver's seat.

Michael Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis Mc Glockton in a convenience store parking lot in Clearwater Fla. on Thursday
WFTSMichael Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis Mc Glockton in a convenience store parking lot in Clearwater Fla. on Thursday

The alleged shooter, Michael Drejka, 47, approached the victim's 24-year-old girlfriend and began arguing with her after she pulled into the disabled spot at a Circle A Food Store in unincorporated Clearwater, witnesses told detectives.

A few months ago, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Rick Kelly parked his tanker truck in the same handicapped spot and said he was confronted by Drejka.

The surveillance video continues to show the altercation when McGlockton pushed Drejka. "Just to argue, just to find someone to argue with", said store owner Ali Selous, who told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV that McGlockton was in the store buying candy for Markeis Jr. Drejka had a valid Florida concealed weapons license, police said.

"The law in the state of Florida today is that people have a right to stand their ground and have a right to defend themselves when they believe that they are in harm". In perhaps the most famous "stand your ground" case, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager walking inside a gated community in Sanford in 2012, of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

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