"Stand Your Ground" Law Protects Shooter In Deadly Fight Over Parking Spot

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Florida deputies said deadly shooting Thursday at a convenience store near Clearwater stemmed from a petty argument over a parking spot.

Detectives in Florida were investigating whether the state's "Stand Your Ground" law applies after a man was fatally shot in front of his 5-year-old son at a convenience store, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say that Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend about parking in a handicapped space without a permit.

Forty-Seven-Year-Old Michael Drejka of Florida will not face charges after he shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, 28, earlier this week. McGlockton turned and stumbled back inside the store and was soon pronounced dead at an area hospital.

"I'm not saying I agree with the [the law], but I don't make that call", said Gualtieri, who added that the roughly four seconds between when Drejka hits the ground and when he fires his weapon gives him pause. Moments later, he shoves Drejka hard to the ground. Drejka fell to the ground, drew his gun, and shot McGlockton once in the chest. The sheriff cited Floridas controversial self-defense law, commonly known as "stand your ground", in his announcement.

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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.

Surveillance video shows Jacobs' boyfriend Markeis McGlockton leave the store to defend Jacobs.

The sheriff announced the case will be sent to the state attorney's office for review.

People say McGlockton went to the Circle A store often and community members say they're outraged. McGlockton runs out of view of the camera, but witnesses say he ran back into the store, where his 5-year-old son was still standing. "It's a wrongful death", she said. Police say the argument became "heated" but did not involve any threats. When deputies arrived, Drejka was cooperative with deputies.

There is no indication in the news reports about the incident that McGlockton was armed. 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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