Drejka frequently visited the store and was angry over her use of the parking spot without a legal permit, Gualtieri said. Surveillance video shows Markeis McGlockton leave the store to defend his girlfriend and shove Drejka hard to the ground.
McGlockton went up to Drejka and "slammed him to the ground", the sheriff said. 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 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.
The case, which has sparked growing criticism on social media, will instead be sent to the state attorney's office for further review, said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri during a news conference on Friday. When deputies arrived, Drejka was cooperative with deputies.
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. "It's messed up. Markeis is a good man ... he was just protecting us, you know?"
"Stand your ground" has been mired in controversy since the Legislature passed the law in 2005. The woman's boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, of Clearwater, was inside the store to buy his little boy a candy bar, according to the store owner. 'And it hurts so bad'.
Drejka walked around his truck, looking for handicap decals, then demanded to know why Kelly had parked there, the trucker told the Tampa Bay Times.
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should", he said.
He said his office will forward the case to prosecutors for a final decision. Jacobs was waiting for her boyfriend, McGlockton, and their son, who had entered the store.
"Hes getting out like hes a police officer or something, and hes approaching me", she said. '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'. The certified nursing assistant told the newspaper she parked in the handicap spot because the parking lot was packed.