Newly released documents regarding the Florida shooting of Markeis McGlockton shed new light on the July 19 confrontation that led to his death.
Manslaughter suspect Michael Drejka, a white man, claims he felt threatened by African-American McGlockton in a Florida parking lot and shot him out of fear.
Seventy pages of interviews Drejka, 48, and McGlockton’s girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, sat for with Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives indicate an argument over a handicapped parking spot was the origin of the deadly meeting, reported CBS News.
The suspect hadn’t been arrested immediately after the shooting because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
After McGlockton, 28, walked into the store, Drejka exited his vehicle and began harassing Jacobs.
“’Well, you need to move your car,’” is what Jacobs claimed Drejka said to her. “So I’m saying, ‘Dude, uh, no. I don’t know you, so you know, leave me alone.’”
Soon after, McGlockton exited the establishment and pushed Drejka to the pavement.
“Markeis came running out and he pushed him,” said Jacobs. “He was like … ‘Stay away from my girl,’ or something. And then all of a sudden, dude was on the ground and he pulled out a gun and shot him.”
In a later TV interview, Drejka stated parking spaces for the disabled “have always touched a nerve” because his ex-girlfriend and mother-in-law used them.
“It’s always been a hotbed for me,” Drejka told station WTSP-TV.