It began with a fight over a parking spot at a convenience store in Clearwater.
It all started when Markeis McGlockton's girlfriend drove into a parking spot while he walked into the Circle A store. So she sent McGlockton and their 5-year-old into a Circle A in Clearwater, Fla., for snacks and drinks while she rested in the parked vehicle - or at least tried to. McGlockton died right in front of his 5-year-old son.
"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.
A local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding a vigil Sunday for a black man who was killed Thursday in what authorities are calling a "stand your ground" shooting. While still on the ground, Drejka, who is white, then pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton, firing a single round that struck him in the chest, deputies said. Because of that, he is covered under 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.
WFTSMichael Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis Mc Glockton in a convenience store parking lot in Clearwater Fla. on Thursday
"This will go to the state attorney". The Tampa Bay Times reports that a confrontation between Michael Drejka, 47, and Markeis McGlockton, 28, took place in a convenience store parking lot. 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.
The man who shot him is being cooperative with deputies and told them he was fearful for his life.
Witnesses told deputies the two were arguing because Drejka was upset the woman parked there because she didn't use a wheelchair, sources said.
"Stand Your Ground" allows a person to use deadly force if they think they're about to face, "imminent death or great bodily harm". McGlockton's family tells ABC Action News they plan to hire their own criminal attorney to look into this case.
You may recall the Stand Your Ground law was changed a year ago.