Florida man threatened people 3 different times before shooting man in latest ‘stand your ground’ case

The man charged with manslaughter after shooting another man in a Clearwater, Florida, convenience store parking lot has a history of threatening drivers, according to documents from the Pinellas County Circuit Court.

Michael Drejka, 47, fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in July after McGlockton shoved him to the ground during a dispute over a handicapped-accessible spot. Drejka claimed he feared for his life and said he fired in self-defense. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri previously said Florida’s “stand your ground” laws prevented him from arresting Drejka

Michael Drejka has been charged with manslaughter.

Michael Drejka has been charged with manslaughter.

Drejka was ultimately charged and will make his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon. CNN has tried contacting Drejka multiple times, but has not heard back and it was not clear whether he has an attorney.

A truck driver parked in a handicapped-accessible spot

About three months ago, Richard Kelly told a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detective he was confronted by Drejka at Circle A Food Store, the same store where he shot McGlockton. Drejka, documents said, was upset because Kelly parked in a handicapped-accessible spot. The exchange between the two became very loud and Kelly said at some point during the argument Drejka told him he was going to shoot him, documents said

Prosecutor overrules sheriff, charges Florida man in 'stand your ground' case

Prosecutor overrules sheriff, charges Florida man in ‘stand your ground’ case

Drejka then went to his car and was rummaging around the center console, but documents said Kelly drove away. Drejka, Kelly said, also threw racial slurs at him. Kelly is black and Drejka is white

Court documents said Drejka wanted to voice his complaint to Kelly’s employer, AA Cut-Rate Septic Tank Service, so he spoke to the owner, John Tyler. Drejka told the business owner he was lucky he didn’t blow his employee’s head off, documents said.

A woman drove too slow through a school zone
On December 12, 2012, a woman told a Largo Police Department officer that a man driving a black Toyota truck, later identified as Drejka, pointed a gun at her and the passengers in the vehicle.The woman pointed out the truck to the officer. The officer spoke with Drejka, documents said, and he told the officer the woman was driving too slow through a school zone.Drejka denied pointing a gun at the occupants of the car, documents said, but he did have a gun in his vehicle. Drejka told the officer, according to police reports, that he honked at the people in the other car, and the people in that car made rude hand gestures at him.

A teen didn’t drive through a yellow light

On January 10, 2012, Tyler Smith, 18, was driving with a friend when a traffic light turned yellow. Smith decided not to drive through the light and stopped his vehicle.
A truck, driven by Drejka, was behind Smith. Drejka honked his horn, documents said, and yelled at Smith. Drejka held a black handgun out the driver’s side window of his vehicle and motioned for Smith to walk back to his truck, documents said. Drejka then followed the teen’s vehicle, passed it and slammed on his brakes, according to police reports
The teen did not press charges, documents said.
When officers confronted Drejka about the incident, he said the teen’s car cut him off, the police report said. He said he neither followed the teen’s car nor did he show his gun, but did admit to having one in his vehicle.

Update: Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ shooter makes first court appearance
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Gunman in ‘stand your ground’ Florida shooting charged: officials

A Florida man was charged with manslaughter on Monday for fatally shooting another man during an argument over a parking spot, after police initially declined to arrest him due to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, officials said.

Alleged shooter Michael Drejka, 47, was taken into custody on Monday, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Police had initially not charged Drejka over the July 19 shooting due to the 2005 law, which grants residents the right to use deadly force if they reasonably believe they are at risk of great harm or death.

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Harrowing video shows routine traffic stop turn into a near-fatal shootout for two Pennsylvania state troopers

A wild dashcam video released by Pennsylvania State Police shows a run-of-the-mill highway stop devolve into a roadside brawl that turns into a near-fatal shooting.

The video starts with a mundane field sobriety test given to driver, Daniel Clary, 22, after he was stopped for speeding, but by the end of the recording one of the officers, Cpl. Seth Kelly, lay bleeding in a ditch with severed femoral artery, according to the Allentown Morning Call.

Clary was shot in the head and hand during the gunplay. He was arrested after driving himself to the hospital for treatment. A second officer, trooper Ryan Seiple, who tried to help with the arrest, was not hit in the shooting.

The two troopers struggled to cuff 22-year-old Daniel Clary on a Pennsylvania highway.
The two troopers struggled to cuff 22-year-old Daniel Clary on a Pennsylvania highway.

Kelly arrived at the hospital clinically dead, but was revived. Doctors gave the officer 66 pints of blood and was eventually able to revive him. After nearly a month in the hospital, he was well enough to leave, but he doesn’t remember anything about the traffic stop.

Clary, who has a history of mental issues, was charged with the attempted murder of two state troopers and convicted on June 29.

The video shows the officer tell Clary that he’s under arrest after he fails the sobriety test along Route 33 in Plainfield, Penn on Nov. 7, 2017. As the officers go to handcuff him, Clary begins to resist. He breaks free momentarily and Kelly hits him with a stun gun, causing the suspect to go stiff and fall into the roadway.

The two troopers drag him back to the shouldering and continue to struggle with him, punching him and continuing to shock him with the stun gun.

They are unable to cuff him as he struggles and he breaks free again, running around the car to the driverside window where he reaches in and pulls out a handgun. He fires at the officers, striking Kelly four times. The trooper went down as he returns fire.

The wounded trooper manages to hurl himself over the guardrail, out of the line of fire. Trooper Seiple continues to fire as Clary gets into the car and drives away.

Clary later tested positive for marijuana.

Northhampton County First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck released the video after asking Kelly and Seiple for their permission.

“We think the community should see it,” Houck he told the news service.

Clary is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29.

Kelly hopes to return to the job next month.

Link: Harrowing video shows routine traffic stop turn into a near-fatal shootout for two Pennsylvania state troopers

Surveillance video shows suspect fatally shot as he ran from police

Newly released video of the deadly shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Tennessee is spurring calls for the officer to be charged with murder. Prosecutors released surveillance footage Wednesday that appears to show Nashville police officer Andrew Delke chasing 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick last month before opening fire. Hambrick was hit three times.

The mayor has called for a comprehensive review of the police department while union officials argue the grainy images do not tell the whole story. Daniel’s family wants more answers.

Victoria Hambrick, supported by her family and attorney, believes video showing the shooting of her son Daniel Hambrick on July 26 is proof that deadly force was not justified, reports CBS News’ Mark Strassmann.

“The police officer chases him with his gun drawn…and at some point he slows down and executes him,” attorney Joy Kimbrough said.

Police say officer Delke was searching for a stolen car when he encountered Hambrick. The video appears to show Hambrick running from the officer before he was shot in the back and head. Police later tweeted a picture of a gun they say Hambrick was carrying and refused to drop. The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police argues Hambrick could have shot the officer at any moment.

“It is our firm belief that Officer Delke acted reasonably under the totality of the circumstances,” James Smallwood, the president of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police said.

Nashville Mayor David Briley called for calm while the investigation continues but the Hambrick family believes this is an open-and-shut case.

“You can see my cousin running for his life. There’s no way that he is a threat. No way and we do want justice served for him. He did not deserve it. At all,” Daniel Hambrick’s cousin said.

Officer Delke was placed on administrative leave after the shooting. Neither the officer nor his vehicle were equipped with cameras. Hambrick’s family, along with the Nashville NAACP is demanding the  FBI to conduct a civil rights investigation into the department. CBS News reached out to the police department for comment from the officer, but has not heard back.

Black Lives Matter protesters crash wedding of cop who shot Stephon Clark

SACRAMENTO — One of the two officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in March was confronted by Black Lives Matter protesters on his wedding day Saturday, reports CBS Sacramento. Police haven’t released the names of the two officers who opened fire on Clark in his grandmother’s backyard, due to safety concerns.

The small group of protesters had gotten word about the wedding and made sure they were there just hours before the officer was to say, “I do.”

“I think they need to be approached in spaces where they’re a little more vulnerable,” Sacramento BLM founder Tanya Faison told the station.

According to the video released by Black Lives Matter, the officer was gathered in a room with his groomsmen Saturday when protesters barged in.

“I just wonder if you started planning your wedding before you killed Stephon Clark or after? How have you been sleeping since March 18?” said one protester in the video.

Protesters confronted a Sacramento, California, police officer and his groomsmen on the officer's wedding day.

Protesters confronted a Sacramento, California, police officer and his groomsmen on the officer’s wedding day in this image capture from video provided by Black Lives Matter.

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BLM says its members helped plan the confrontation ever since they found the officer’s wedding website online, with information about the venue, a vineyard about an hour outside of Sacramento.

“We’re not violent, we’re not gonna give to them what they brought to our community, we’re not gonna hurt anyone, but we are gonna make them uncomfortable, and they should — because someone is dead,” said Faison.

But community member Michel Keeley told CBS Sacramento, “As a black man … I’m concerned whenever there’s injustice on any black person. Certainly there’s a right to protest, but I think there are limits when to protest in a public place and the right of privacy for your wedding.”

Sacramento police say since the tragic shooting back in March, the two officers involved have needed additional security. They’ve received a number of death threats and are not working in a patrol capacity.

“People may think that these officers are just going about their lives, but this is a very traumatic event for everyone,” said Sgt. Vance Chandler with Sacramento Police.

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Stephon Clark

The case, which drew national attention and sparked protests across the country, is still under investigation, with no word from the DA’s office on whether the officers will be indicted.

A day after the March 18 shooting, police distributed a press release that said the officers who shot Clark “saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands.”

Police video of the shooting doesn’t clearly capture all that happened after Clark ran into the backyard. He initially moved toward the officers, who are peeking out from behind a corner of the house, but it’s not clear he’s facing them or that he knows they are there when they open fire after shouting “gun, gun, gun.”

After 20 shots, officers call to him, apparently believing he might still be alive and armed. They eventually approach and find no gun, just a cellphone.

“I feel that our department has handled demonstrations and protests very well and we have taken great effort’s to allow people to exercise their First Amendment rights but on this one what is the purpose of this?” he said.

That purpose, said Faison, is to remind folks that people are still hurting.

“Stephon Clark’s family is still mourning and suffering. He doesn’t get to be with his kids, or get married,” she said.

Sacramento Police Officers Association President Timothy Davis responded to the wedding protest Monday night.

“The SPOA supports transparency within our Police Department. Transparency brings trust,” he said. “Trust between our officers and the citizens they protect is an important aspect of a safe community. Our police officers are members of this community. They raise their families here. The send their children to schools here. They live their lives as a part of this community.

“Transparency comes with responsibility. Officers deserve to be free from harassment by individuals seeking their own forms of justice. True accountability can only come from our impartial judicial system and from our elected government.

“The SPOA will continue to advocate for transparency and thoughtful improvements in police policies, but we request the respect of our community. Give our officers the ability to safely raise their families alongside you.”

DA: Officer told authorities he ‘f—– up’ after fatal shooting

South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan Roselle was charged Tuesday with one count of voluntary manslaughter, unreasonable belief, in the shooting death of Joseph Santos on July 28, said Jim Martin, district attorney for the central Pennsylvania county.

That evening, Santos was reportedly interfering with traffic along Route 222 near Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. Witnesses said the man damaged cars and, at one point, ripped the window out of a vehicle.

Roselle responded to the scene and confronted Santos. Authorities said the officer told Santos several times to stand down before he opened fire.

Santos, 44, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, was struck at least once. He was taken to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Joseph Santos

Roselle, a new officer who graduated from the police academy in December 2017, was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, Martin said. The 33-year-old officer served with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and is a major in the National Guard.

After the shooting, Roselle told other officers who responded to the scene that he “f—ed up” and thought Santos was coming at him, according to Martin.

Defense attorneys said in a statement that Roselle, who is on paid leave, believes his actions were justified and appropriate given the circumstances.

Several Facebook users posted a witness’ video of the police-involved shooting. The video showed Santos walking toward a police vehicle and an officer is heard repeatedly telling him to get on the ground.

Santos continued walking toward the vehicle as the sound of gunfire erupted. The man then fell to the ground.

An investigation found that Santos was walking toward and not rushing toward the officer, Martin said.

Santos wasn’t complying with the officer’s demands and could be heard saying “don’t do it” before the officer opened fire, Martin said.

South Whitehall Police Officer Jonathan Roselle
Photo credit: South Whitehall Police Department

Martin said evidence shows the unarmed man posed no danger to the officer. The DA also said prosecutors do not believe race was a factor. Santos is Hispanic and of Puerto Rican descent while Roselle is white.

Later, a second set of videos surfaced showing a man later identified by police as Santos, hanging off of moving cars and jumping onto the hood of a police SUV.

In a Facebook post alongside those videos, Nadia Elizabeth said Santos jumped a fence around Dorney Park and interfered with three cars as they rolled down the busy highway.

“He didn’t exit the park like a rational member of society but more of that of a criminal that was up to no good,” she wrote. “I witnessed Joseph Santos act like a complete maniac and scare the lives of those behind the wheel.”

Officials continue to investigate the incident and urge witnesses to come forward.

Roselle surrendered and was arraigned Tuesday. He is being held without bail. It’s unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Police fatally shoot resident who shot home intruder

Police shoot, kill resident who shot home intruder.

The PSDC received another 911 call from an adult female at 10609 East Montview Boulevard advising an adult male intruder was breaking into her home.

Aurora Police Officers arrived to a very chaotic and violent scene at 10609 East Montview Boulevard. While on scene officers heard gunshots fired from inside the home, and encountered an armed adult male. An officer discharged his firearm striking the armed male who was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The officers then cleared the home to ensure the scene was safe. Inside, officers found an injured juvenile and the deceased adult male intruder on the bathroom floor. The injured juvenile was later transported to a local hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, caused by the deceased intruder.

Further investigation revealed the armed male encountered by the officer was a resident of the home. Our preliminary investigation has revealed the deceased intruder on the bathroom floor was fatally shot by the armed adult male resident.

The names of the decedents will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

The involved officer has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay as per Aurora Police Department Policy.

Update: Colorado cop who killed veteran defending grandson from naked intruder was involved in another deadly shooting

Man dies after officer-involved shooting in Toledo, Ohio, police say

A 25-year-old man is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Friday in Toledo, Ohio, police said. CBS Toledo affiliate WTOL reports a crowd had gathered near the scene of the shooting Friday night, resulting in a large police presence.

Toledo police tweeted the man had a firearm, but the details of what happened are still unclear.

This is the second police shooting in Toledo in less than a week. On Saturday, a man was killed after a robbery at a Dollar General store in South Toledo, WTOL reports. Officer Jonathon Chio, a three-year veteran of the police force, shot and killed 56-year-old Dale Slocum, who police said entered the Dollar General waving a gun and demanding money.

The gun was later discovered to be a replica, but police said they found 53-year-old Tommy Thacker stabbed to death inside the store. Police told WTOL Thacker was stabbed while trying to hold Slocum down.

Update: Officer-Involved shooting investigation is ongoing & will take time.

Chicago police fatally shot 24-year-old as he climbed a fence to flee, bodycam footage shows

Maurice Granton died after he was shot on Chicago’s South Side on June 6 as police officers conducted a drug investigation in the area.

 

In the bodycam video, Granton can be seen scaling a wrought iron fence when an officer on the other side opens fire. After Granton falls, he writhes on the ground, and the officer tells him to “stay down” while pointing his gun at him.

Granton was shot in the back, the Cook County Medical Examiner announced two days after the shooting.

It seems the cops shoot first and ask questions later.

‘Stand your ground’ shooting case turned over to Florida state prosecutors, sheriff says

UPDATE: Stand your ground update

Deadly altercation over parking spot caught on camera.

(Police say a Florida man will face no charges for shooting another man dead in a parking lot after an argument last week.

Last Thursday, Markeis McGlockton parked in a handicap spot with his girlfriend and three young kids before going inside a convenience store with his five-year-old son to buy snacks. Outside, Michael Drejka approached McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs. Jacobs says Drejka yelled at her for parking in a handicapped spot without a permit.

Surveillance footage shows McGlockton then walked out of the store and shoved Drejka to the ground. Drejka pulled out his gun and fired a single shot at McGlockton in the chest.

Drejka has a concealed weapons permit and told police he shot McGlockton because he feared for his life.

The sheriff’s office says he is protected by Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force when fearing “imminent death or great bodily harm” without a duty to try to escape the danger.

But Jacobs says McGlockton backed away from Drejka after he pushed him.

“This is wrong,”.  “Because what my man was trying to do was protect his girl like anybody else would.”)

I myself am so sorry for what happened there, but why does avery altercation with a white man and a black man have to be called racist because the two people are a different color. I am so sick of it, it’s all you hear now a days. why can’t it just be two people that can’t get along.

I have seen lazy people park in the handicapped spots all the time and I think it’s wrong too and the only reason I have not said anything was I was afraid of what people will do if you say anything to them. You see what happens when you speak up.

Surveillance video showed McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka hard to the ground.

He should never have put his hands on anyone because of something they were saying.

Victim’s girlfriend says Florida gunman provoked fatal ‘stand your ground’ shooting

Update:

According to Gualtieri, Drejka feared “he was going to be further attacked by McGlockton,” he said as he played the surveillance footage. “He felt the next thing was that he was going to be slammed again.”

“We have to recognize that if Markeis McGlockton hadn’t walked up to him the way he did and slammed him on the ground, we wouldn’t be here having this discussion,” Gualtieri added.

Under Stand Your Ground, someone who feels they’re at risk of bodily harm or death can legally use lethal force, rather than retreat from the perceived threat. Critics of the the law, however, argue the language enables racism and racial profiling. Protesters gathered at the Circle K convenience store over the weekend to demand justice for McGlockton.

McGlockton’s criminal record includes drug charges, petit theft, and an aggravated battery arrest that all happened before 2011.

Full Name: Markeis D Mcglockton

Date:

Time: 9:12 PM

Arresting Agency: CLEARWATER POLICE

Total Bond: $2500

Personal Information

Arrest Age:18

Current Age: 28

Gender: Male

Birthdate: 03/28/1990

Block: 1100 Palm Bluff St

City: Clearwater, Florida 33755

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 180 lbs

Hair Color: BLK

Eye Color: BRO

Place of Birth: FL

Markeis Mcglockton Arrest Photo

Charges
  • #1 AGGRAVATED BATTERY DOMESTIC

    STATUTE: 784.045(1)(B)/F

  • #2 RESISTING ARREST W/VIOLENCE

    STATUTE: 843.01/F

    BOND: $2500

  • #3 DISORDERLY CONDUCT

    STATUTE: 877.03/M

Black lives do matter. Of course, we should all teach our children to be respectful of authority and their elders, but that can only go so far when you are minding your own business and someone starts harassing you and you should never put your hands on anyone because of something they were saying.