Gunman Charged in 'Stand Your Ground' Florida Shooting

Man in deadly ‘stand your ground’ shooting charged with manslaughter | TheHill

Markeis McGlockton’s killer charged with manslaughter in controversial Florida ‘stand your ground’ case

On Monday, the Florida State's Attorney's office announced that they were charging Michael Drejka, 47, with manslaughter in the shooting death of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton.

Following the State Attorney's decision, Sheriff Gualtieri said in a statement: 'I support the State Attorney's decision and will have no further comment as the case continues to work its way through the criminal justice system'. Investigators say Drejka, 47, confronted McGlockton's girlfriend for parking in a handicapped spot.

After last month's shooting, the owner of the Circle A store told FOX 13 that Drejka had confronted others for parking in the handicapped spot before.

"Consistent with the decision-making process established under Florida law in this case, the State Attorney conducted his review and chose to charge Drejka with manslaughter", Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news release.

The dispute with Drejka started when he yelled at McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs - who was in a vehicle with two of the couple's small children - outside a store for parking in a handicapped space.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had initially declined to arrest Drejka after the gunman invoked the "stand your ground" defense, saying his decision was bound by the law.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, deputies with Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will book Drejka Monday afternoon. Seconds later, Drejka pulled a handgun and shot McGlockton as he backed away.

State Attorney Bernie McCabe said prosecutors believe there is "clear and convincing" evidence that the stand your ground law is not applicable in this shooting.

Man in deadly ‘stand your ground’ shooting charged with manslaughter | TheHill

McCabe said charging Drejka is "consistent with the decision-making process established under Florida law in this case".

"This self-appointed wannabe cop attempted to hide behind "Stand Your Ground" to defend his indefensible actions, but the truth has finally cut through the noise", Mr Crump said. Jacobs said Drejka was cursing at her.

The family's attorney, Michele Rayner, commended the state attorney's office for the manslaughter charge. He repeatedly referenced the force with which McGlockton pushed Drejka.

"Before Stand Your Ground, a case like this probably would have a different outcome".

Footage of the shooting was recorded on CCTV outside the convenience store and shows Mr McGlockton rushing back inside the building while clutching his chest.

"This man killed Markeis in cold blood, without a second thought about the devastating impact his actions would have on our family, but this charge gives us a measure of hope that the truth will win and justice will prevail in the end".

Witnesses say he then collapsed before shoppers called 911.

Drejka has a concealed weapons permit and told police he shot McGlockton because he feared for his life.

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