Florida man shot and killed over parking spot

Police said gunman Michael Drejka got into a shouting match with a woman over her use of a handicapped parking spot without a permit. He was then confronted by her boyfriend Markeis McGlockton who pushed Drejka in the chest. Drejka reacted by shooting Mc

Police said gunman Michael Drejka got into a shouting match with a woman over her use of a handicapped parking spot without a permit. He was then confronted by her boyfriend Markeis McGlockton who pushed Drejka in the chest. Drejka reacted by shooting Mc

Police say they will not charge a Florida man for killing another man in a parking lot after an argument over a parking spot.

Protesters gathered at the Circle A store on Sunset Point in Clearwater - the scene of the shooting - to express their frustration on how the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office handled the case. "And I'm going to enforce it the way it's written, the way the legislature intended for it to be applied, and others can have the debate about whether they like it or not".

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.

The customer and the girlfriend started yelling at each other after the customer complained to her about parking there, according to deputies.

He fired one shot and hit McGlockton in the chest.

Her boyfriend, 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, and their 5-year-old son Markeis McGlockton Jr. got out of her vehicle and went inside the store. "And he pushed him with great force".

McGlockton was transported to Morton Plant Hospital with life-threatening injuries, but passed away from those injuries about 30 minutes after the shooting occurred, investigators said.

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There is no indication in the news reports about the incident that McGlockton was armed.

"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", the sheriff said. "It's hard for a 4- or 5-year-old to witness what he saw".

"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". "This was a violent push".

Deputies are investigating a deadly shooting at a convenience store in unincorporated Clearwater, Florida.

The police say Mr Drejka was co-operative when they arrived and had a valid concealed weapons licence. The State Attorney's Office is now investigating the matter further.

A sign posted outside Drejka's home Friday said "No Comment" in bold letters, according to WFTS.

"He was a good man and all he was trying to do was protect his family", Jacobs said. "I need something to be done because this is not right".

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