‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooter in Florida Charged with Manslaughter

Michael Drejka, the Florida man who shot Markeis McGlockton after a parking space dispute at a convenience store in Clearwater, has been charged with manslaughter.

The altercation happened when Drejka confronted McGlockton’s girlfriend for parking in a handicap spot. McGlockton approached Drejka and shoved him to the ground. Drejka produced a handgun and, as McGlockton backed away, shot him in the chest.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri defended the decision to not arrest Drejka because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. But after review, Pinellas and Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe decided to charge Drejka with manslaughter.

Drejka was arrested and his bail was set for $100,000. He will appear in court on Tuesday afternoon. McGlockton’s girlfriend and family praised the decision.