Gunman in deadly Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ case reenacts shooting in police video



‘Stand Your Ground’ case: Defendant reenacts fatal shooting

Newly released video shows the researchers questioned Michael Drejka moments after he shot and killed Markeis McGlockton. Drejka cites Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in the incident.

The Florida man who claims he was to defend himself under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law appeared in court Wednesday as authorities released new video that shows when he was questioned by researchers.

The six-hour-long video taken on July 19 and released by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office indicates when Drejka, 48, was brought in for questioning after he allegedly shot and 28-year-old killed Markeis McGlockton at a gas station parking lot.

“I’m reaching and pulling around, he’s standing there in front of me,” Drejka said he described the moments leading up to the shooting, “when I come up he takes the step in the direction of me.”

The surveillance video of the July incident recorded Drejka the start of a confrontation about a parking space. McGlockton knocked Drejka on the sidewalk, after he exchanged words with the 28-year-old girlfriend.

Michael Drejka described the moments leading up to the shooting during his interrogation by the police.

(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office )

“It happened so quickly, and that was that … I was literally overwhelmed,” he told the police.

During the interview, the retired tree trimmer said that he would carried a gun because he is 22, and that people illegally parking in handicapped spots in that store was a pet peeve, and that he would have approached people.

“Does it ever go through your mind … that they can’t make? This might be both a little bit?” the detective asked.


“Eh, well, sure. But that is the reason why I take precautions, as well,” Drejka said.

On the question of what sort of precautions, Drejka replied: “Well, I am a very careful person and I have a permit.”

Drejka said that he was “literally taken aback” when Markeis McGlockton knocked him to the ground after an argument over a parking space.

(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office )

At the end of the hearing, Drejka called the “Stand Your Ground” law, telling the detective, “I did exactly what I thought I needed to do at that time.”


Drejka was arrested almost a month after the shooting and charged with manslaughter. After a stay of six weeks behind bars, Drejka was released from prison Monday after he posted $ 100,000 bail.

Drejka lawyers on Wednesday asked a judge to his client to maintain his privacy after he and his wife threatened with death, and said that the couple moved to a rental in the next few weeks, FOX13 reported. The court found the details of where they live will not be made public.

In August. 7, 2018, file photo, Michael McGlockton has a photo of his son, Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida.

(AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

McGlockton’s family has been vocal in their displeasure about the way the case was handled, and the hired lawyer Benjamin Crump, who gained national notoriety that the family of Trayvon Martin after the teen of the fatal shooting in 2012.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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