Florida man shot, killed during parking spot dispute

Leroy Wright
July 22, 2018

At the time of the shooting, the dead man's girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, 24, was sitting in her vehicle in the disabled spot outside a convenience store.

A Florida man who shot and killed another man in front of his children during an argument over a handicapped parking space will not face charges after the sheriff said the incident falls under the state's "stand your ground" law.

Soon after, Drejka parks in a Toyota 4-Runner and gets out, quickly spotting that the auto parked in the handicapped spot does not have a placard or decal.

McGlockton exited the store to defend his girlfriend and shoved Drejka to the ground.

Prior to Gualtieri's announcement Friday, Jacobs told the newspaper that McGlockton died from a "wrongful death" as a result of Drejka's actions. "I'm not saying I agree with it, but I don't make that call", he said.

In a news conference addressing the incident, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri spoke about the "Stand Your Ground" law. When deputies arrived, Drejka was cooperative with deputies.

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The man involved has a concealed weapons permit and is cooperating with police.

Florida's self-defense law, like the laws in 26 other states, is known as "stand your ground", authorizing deadly force in self-defense with no duty to retreat from an attacker. His killer was not charged due to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law. "And it hurts so bad".

The case will be referred to the State Attorney's Office, Gualtieri noted. Jacobs watched her boyfriend get shot with their 4-month-old and 3-year-old children.

Local law enforcement, however, has a different outlook.

The store owner said that Drejka has a history of assaulting people in the very parking lot the shooting took place. Police say the argument became "heated" but did not involve any threats.

"That pause gives me pause", the sheriff said, invoking an adage: "Just because you can doesnt mean you should". 'But I'll also say this, I'm also not going to substitute my judgement for Drejka's judgement sitting on that ground, after having been slammed to the ground'. A couple of months back, Rick Kelly stopped by the store, parking his tanker truck in the same handicap spot.

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