CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - Britany Jacobs is numb.
You can see the hurt in her eyes while talking about her high school sweetheart, Markeis McGlockton, who was shot and killed right in front of her at a Clearwater gas station Thursday.
“Markeis was a great father. I wouldn’t trade him in the world for nobody else. He did everything he can for his kids and me,” Jacobs said through tears.
Thursday afternoon, Markeis, Britany, and their three kids stopped at the Circle A Food Store.
Not long after Markeis went inside, security cameras captured Michael Drejka walking over to the car and confronting Britany.
He was reportedly angry she had parked in a handicapped spot.
“He was just basically saying that I had to move the car, and you know, and he got family that’s handicapped and I got to move the car now,” Jacobs remembers.
Surveillance footage shows Markeis walk out of the store and straight up to Drejka, then shoving the 47-year-old to the ground.
Seconds later Drejka pulls out his gun and shoots McGlockton once in the middle of the chest.
He was rushed to the hospital, but didn’t make it.
“I could have been hurt, my kids could have been hurt, he shot, fired in front the kids which was real messed up,” Jacobs said. “And all Markeis did was try to protect his family, he didn’t do nothing wrong, he didn’t do nothing wrong.”
Drejka told investigators he fired at Markeis because he was in fear for his life.
According to the sheriff’s office, the Clearwater man is not being arrested or charged because he’s protected under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
“He believed that McGlockton was going to come back at him, and he fired in a very short amount of time, four-seconds probably, somewhere in that range. That is within the bookends of Stand Your Ground and within the bookends of force being justified,” explained Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gulatieri.
Markeis’ loved ones are heartbroken but also outraged his killer is a free-man.
“I’m doing the best I can for Markeis. I’m trying to stand by his side and be as strong as I can but this is not over at all. This is not over,” she said.