Florida man charged after 'stand your ground' shooting

Florida man faces manslaughter charge in ‘stand your ground’ shooting over parking space

The sheriff's office in Pinellas County, citing the law, which allows citizens to use deadly force when fearing "imminent death or great bodily harm", did not arrest Michael Drejka for the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old father of three.

Gualtieri said detectives from his office took Drejka into custody pursuant to an arrest warrant.

Drejka was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Monday and bond has been set at $100,000.

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'.

McGlockton's girlfriend said Drejka confronted her as she sat in the couple's vehicle with two of their children because she was parked in a handicapped-accessible space.

McGlockton came outside, approached Drejka and shoved him to the ground, surveillance video shows. That's when Drejka pulls out a handgun and fires one shot, striking the 27-year-old in the chest. "Today's decision is another example why Florida's broken "stand your ground" law must be repealed so that justice in this case and every other tragedy can never be delayed or denied".

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.

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His death reignited the debate over the state's polarizing "stand your ground" self-defense law. Since the incident, which started over an argument over a handicap parking spot, Drejka has claimed the shooting was justified under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law.

The wounded McGlockton walked back into the convenience store, where he collapsed.

They pointed out that the video shows McGlockton retreating from Drejka after he pushed the man down in an effort to protect Jacobs and his children.

The laws were first passed in Florida in 2006 and eventually made their way to more than 30 states through efforts by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or Alec, a conservative not-for-profit coalition which drafts model legislation for state lawmakers to introduce. "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".

"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".

Mr McGlockton's family said in a statement that the arrest was "a small measure of comfort in our time of profound mourning", USA media reported. The charge seems appropriate given what we know about the facts of the case.

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