Citing ‘Stand Your Ground,’ Florida gunman in parking space shooting not charged

The guy should have been arrested for pushing the man to the ground. But definitely doesn’t deserve the death penalty. This is just murder.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – A man who was captured on surveillance video fatally shooting another man in Clearwater, Florida, during a parking-spot spat as his young son watched nearby will not be arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff.

“I don’t make the law. I enforce the law,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a news conference Friday. “The law in the state of Florida today is that people have a right to stand their ground and have a right to defend themselves when they believe that they are in harm.”

The sheriff announced the case will be sent to the state attorney’s office for review.

“This will go to the state attorney. Drejka will not be charged [and] will not be arrested by us,” Sheriff Gualtieri said. “The state attorney will review it and either he’ll concur or not. And, if he concurs, then there’ll be no charge. Period. If he doesn’t concur, then he’ll make a determination as to what to do with it. And, if he feels like he can overcome that heavy burden at a Stand Your Ground hearing of proving by clear and convincing evidence that Drejka was not entitled to use force in this circumstance, then that’s the state attorney’s determination to make.”