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Sheriff: Florida ‘stand your ground’ case being investigated

July 31, 2018
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FILE - In this July 19, 2018 file frame from surveillance video released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Markeis McGlockton, far left, is shot by Michael Drejka during an altercation in the parking lot of a convenience store in Clearwater, Fla. A Florida sheriff said the case is still under investigation and will be sent to the state attorney. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri acknowledged during a Tuesday, July 31, news conference that the shooting death of McGlockton has grabbed national attention and intensified the debate about Florida's "stand your ground" law. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says the case of a white man who shot an unarmed black man during a parking lot dispute is still under investigation and will be sent to the state attorney.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri acknowledged during a Tuesday news conference that the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton has grabbed national attention and intensified the debate about Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Gualtieri defended his decision not to arrest Michael Drejka, who shot McGlockton in an argument over a parking spot July 19. Drejka said he was defending himself against McGlockton and said he was in fear for his life.

Under the stand your ground law, people can use deadly force if they believe they are in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and have no obligation to retreat.

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