Uber driver at the center of Polk County ‘stand your ground’ shooting speaks out

Polk County

The Uber driver who shot and killed a man in Winter Haven is speaking out to News Channel 8.

Westlake shot Jason Boek, 34, after Boek allegedly believed his girlfriend was in Westlake’s car.

Boek was aggressively following Westlake in his pickup truck and pulled in front of him, stopping in the road.

Westlake said he wasn’t sure what was going on.

“Is he a bad driver or does he need something?” Westlake said he was thinking.

Boek got out of his truck and walked toward Westlake, yelling that he had a pistol and he was going to shoot him.

“I thought he was just going to curse me out, that’s fine. Curse me out, tell me I’m a dipstick or whatever. It’s just words, he’s going to move on, I’m going to move on. Then he jumped out looking like he’s going to fight, and he said what he said, and I was like he seems serious. His hand came up, he’s serious. He kept approaching, he’s, this is the point of no return,” Westlake said.

Boek continued to approach and Westlake reached into the pocket of the driver door, grabbed his handgun and fired one shot at Boek.

After Boek was shot, Westlake called 911 and began lifesaving measures.

“What went through my head, ‘I’m not getting shot,'” Westlake said. “The after is just try to help. I wish he made it.”

Westlake later told deputies he thought Boek was trying to run him off the road.

Westlake is a concealed weapon permit holder and a licensed security guard who recently completed police academy.

Westlake said he has been suspended from the Uber and Lyft apps.

“Uber said, ‘until you can send us paperwork clearing you, you’re account is on a suspension.’ Lyft sent me a similar letter, saying, ‘you may have violated our policies while working under our app.'”

Westlake said he fears he’s out of both jobs for good.

“I have to quickly figure out something else,” he said.

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