Here is the video.
Deputies said the argument started at the Circle A Food Store at 1201 Sunset Point Road Thursday afternoon when McGlockton’s girlfriend Britany Jacobs pulled her Chrysler sedan into a handicapped parking space.
After McGlockton and their 5-year-old son went into the store, Drejka approached Jacobs and the two began arguing about the parking space, authorities said.
According to a witness, when McGlockton came out of the store and saw what was happening, he shoved Drejka to the ground.
“It wasn’t just a push,” Gualtieri explained. “He really slammed him to the ground and he pushed him with great force. This was a violent push.”
Drejka then pulled out a handgun and shot McGlockton once in the chest. Gualtieri specified that Drejka took four seconds to fire his weapon.
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As usual, I am Not a Lawyer and this is my personal interpretation.
Let’s begin with Michael Drejka. he is an asshole. Yes, people are stupid and park in handicap spots, but getting all flustered about it solves nothing. That there is a history of him being an asshole does not affect what happened here.
The issue is that Markeis McGlockton blindsided Drejka with a powerful shove that sent him forcefully to the ground. McGlockton was not a party involved in the original argument nor he appears to try to deescalate with a shouted warning to back off or any other non-threatening way but he went for the shove. Drejka is arguing with a woman and the next thing he knows is that he is now painfully horizontal in the pavement with a large young man towering about him. Trying to say that he did not feel threatened by somebody younger, bigger and who already proven that he was willing to use physical force, might have been too much of a stretch for Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri who is no friend of SYG or the Second Amendment.
Lessons learned: Don’t be a dick. Everybody here behaved like one. Park where you are supposed to park. If you see somebody who is parking where he should not, tell him/her with extreme courtesy and back off if they get verbally aggressive. Just because you cab and have the body type, do not initiate physical violence because somebody is saying bad things to your loved one. Words don’t kill, bullets to the chest do.
Basically, if you seek out to be an asshole, somebody will try to outmatch you. Bad shit will ensue.
And I have not posted this in a while and it needs to be repeated
Avoidance, Deterrence, and De-escalation
Your number one philosophy for personal security should be a life long commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
Avoidance: The act of avoiding or keeping away from (Three Stupid Rule.) If you can safely retreat from the encounter, by all means do so. For instance, if you are out for a walk and feel threatened or intimidated by an occupant of a car, you should retreat in the opposite direction that the car is traveling.
Deterrence: The act of discouraging someone from taking hostile action against you by being aware of them and their possible intent.
De-escalation: The act of decreasing in intensity. To not let your ego or emotions get the best of you, to refrain from escalating the problem into more than it already is. As a CCW you may need to back down from non-life threatening, argumentative encounters in order to not allow things to spiral out of control.
When these things do not work, then and only then may you need to show or use the gun. Just because we are carrying does not mean that we need to use the gun. You want to do whatever is reasonably possible to avoid using the gun. But when your well researched, well thought out “line in the sand” has been crossed you need to act without hesitation.
The “Three Stupid” Rule
“Do not go to stupid places, with stupid people, and do stupid things”
We all know that nobody wants thugs to dictate where they can or cannot go. Put there are simply some places, people, and things that you should avoid if you want to lower your risks. You can cut down on your risks by a good 95% if you just follow the three stupid rule.