Michael Drejka, the Florida man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot over a dispute about a parking spot is now being charged with manslaughter after public outrage over the case.
Drejka 47, approached Britany Jacobs, McGlockton’s girlfriend, at the Circle A Food Store on Sunset Point Rd in Clearwater, and asked why was she parked in a handicapped-accessible spot. The 2 began arguing when witnesses say McGlockton came outside, walked over to Drejka and “forcibly pushed” Drejka, causing him to fall. In response Drejka pulled out his gun while on the ground and shot McGlockton once in the chest. McGlockton staggered back into the convenient store where he collapsed in front of his 5 year old son. He later died at the hospital.
In a statement released on Monday Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri stated, “Consistent with the decision-making process established under Florida law in this case, the State Attorney conducted his review and decided to charge Drejka with manslaughter.” The warrant also read that three months before McGlockton was killed, Drejka got into a confrontation with the driver of a septic truck that was also illegally parked a handicap spot. Richard Kelley the driver of the truck told police that he was confronted by Michael Drejka at the Circle A Food Store. Drejka argued with Kelly and the exchange became very loud. Kelly indicated at some point, Michael Drejka told him he was going to shoot him.
In Jan. 10, 2012 Drejka was involved in a road rage incident where he “held a black handgun out of the driver’s side window of his vehicle,” and again in December that same year a Largo police officer reported that a female driver told him that “Drejka had pointed a gun at her and her passengers.”
Drejka was booked into the Pinellas County jail on a $100,000 bond, and if convicted on the manslaughter charge with a firearm he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.