Michael Drejka speaks out for first time since Clearwater Stand Your Ground shooting

Pinellas County
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For the first time, Micahel Drejka is speaking out after the controversial “Stand Your Ground” shooting in Clearwater.

Drejka is charged with manslaughter after shooting and killing Markeis McGlockton on July 19 outside the Circle A, after an argument over a handicapped parking spot.

Drejka says he shot McGlockton in self-defense after being shoved to the ground.

News Channel 8 obtained a recording of a jailhouse interview Drejka did with WTSP. 

Drejka explained the abuse of handicapped parking spots has always been a ‘hot-button’ issue for him since his high school sweetheart.

“At 16 she was involved in an accident that left her handicapped for the rest of her life, surgeries to follow and so on and so forth. These days my mother in law is handicapped. it has a hotbed for me. My whole life I’ve always been looking for a handicapped parking spot,” said Drejka.

Drejka says when the argument turned physical, and McGlockton pushed him to the ground, he was scared for his life.

“I didn’t know I was shoved. I thought I was tackled. It felt like I was tackled or someone hit me from behind with something. I left my feet and  I slid along the ground before I … ya stunned. It seems I a little more than that, but stunned is a good word. I suppose,” said Drejka.

When asked what Drejka would say to the McGlockton family, this was his response:

“I am sorry. That’s all I can really say to them, and thinking about it would you accept those kind of words from someone? I don’t think I would. I think there is too much hate already to say anything that would make any kind of difference,” said Drejka.

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