Pinellas County sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced his office wouldnt charge McGlocktons killer, Michael Drejka, on Friday. Jacobs was waiting for him in their auto with their two other children, a 4-month-old and a 3-year-old.
McGlockton was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after.
Rich Kelly says the man picked a fight with him over a parking spot, using racial slurs, and even threatening to kill him. The first was a 911 call to report that he had shot an unarmed man who he claimed attacked him.
"He's not too good", Jacobs said. He left his girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, and several children in the vehicle, where Drejka was nearby. Kelly said he had pulled into that same handicap spot and Drejka began inspecting his decals to see if he had the right to be there. She was approached by Drejka, and the two argued over the handicap space. "It's hard for a 4- or 5-year-old to witness what he saw". It's really tough for him'.
Britany Jacobs describes the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, from her perspective.
Gualtieri said that the video does appear to show Drejka protecting himself, so his agency does not have an authority to make an arrest "unless we have probable cause that the person committed a crime, and we don't have probable cause here of that".
You may recall the Stand Your Ground law was changed past year.
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After the shooting, as McGlockton bled to death on the floor of the convenience store, his five-year-old son, Markeis Jnr, watched as his mother pressed a shirt to the chest of his mortally wounded father, trying unsuccessfully to keep him alive.
"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".
Drejka remained on the scene until police arrived and was confirmed to have a concealed carry license.
A Florida man who shot another man following an altercation over a handicapped parking spot won't be facing charges due to the state's Stand Your Ground law.
Drejka could not be reached for comment Friday. The State Attorney's Office is now investigating the matter further.
"What's relevant is not whether this guy's a good guy, nice guy or whether he's a jerk, or whether he's a thorn in people's side and what he's done, whether it's three weeks ago, three months ago or three years ago", Gualtieri said. "I just want justice. And it goes back to what I said when I opened: just because you can, doesn't mean you should".
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