No arrest in fatal shooting during argument over handicap parking space

Blanche Robertson
July 22, 2018

Jacobs parked in a handicap spot, which she said was because the parking lot was crowded (although the surveillance video shows some nearby open parking spots).

Investigators said multiple people witnessed the shooting and called 911.

"Drejka will not be charged [and] will not be arrested by us", Sheriff Gualtieri said. Store owner Ali Selous says McGlockton was a frequent customer who was there buying candy for his little boy.

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, established in 2005, grants residents the right to use force if they reasonably believe they are at risk of great harm or death. While on the ground, Drejka pulls out his weapon and fires one shot into McGlockton's chest.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, around 3:28 p.m. Thursday, Britany Jacobs, 24, was sitting in her vehicle in a handicapped parking space outside a Circle A Food Store while her boyfriend Markeis McGlockton, 28, and their son Markeis McGlockton Jr., 5, went into the store.

McGlockton, whose 4-month-old baby and 3-year-old were in the auto in the parking lot, reportedly stumbled into the Circle A Food Store, wounded.

The sheriff said that Drejka told deputies that he was in fear of a second attack.

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Sheriff Gualtieri said that Drejka appeared to act out of fear for his safety within the bounds of the law, but that the case would be handed over to prosecutors for a final determination.

Toward the end of the press conference, Gualtieri said the law has a range and that his department must work with the evidence it has and enforce the law. Their five-year-old son saw him, and has reportedly been "not too good" since his father was killed.

While police didn't arrest Drejka, Jacobs is looking into a lawyer to get justice for her now-deceased boyfriend. Floridians could always defend themselves, but the law expanded that right, saying there is no longer a duty to retreat in a violent encounter before turning to self-defense.

Reporters asked whether the fact that Drejka initiated the incident made him more culpable - pointing to previous complaints the sheriff's office has received about him.

At this time, Drejka will not be facing any charges. Mustafa Hashen, a clerk and witness, said both men were regulars. McGlockton, now injured, ran back into the store.

The details to Thursdays incident are similar: Drejka walking around the truck checking for decals, then confronting Kelly, 31, about why he parked there.

"Its a repeat. It happened to me the first time. The second time its happening, someones life got taken", Kelly said.

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