CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the investigation into the Markeis McGlockton fatal shooting is still taking place.
The July 19 shooting in Clearwater has sparked controversy as the stand your ground law is back in the spotlight again.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office hasn't arrested Michael Drejka, citing the self-defense law which allows people to use force without retreating if they feel threatened.
Pinellas County prosecutors are determining whether Drejka will face charges for McGlockton's death.
Gualtieri, who met with the Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance and NAACP Clearwater last week, was set to be joined at the news conference by their representatives but Gualtieri said they canceled.
"My decision not to arrest is not condoning or approving," Gualtieri said of the shooting.
The sheriff reiterated that the investigation is ongoing and that the the results likely would go the State Attorney's Office this week.
Gualtieri said Drejka's actions are protected under stand your ground. However, McGlockton's family's Attorney, Michele Rayner, and Benjamin Crump, attorney for McGlockton’s longtime girlfriend, disagree.
Meanwhile, scores of people turned out at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Largo Saturday for McGlockton's funeral.
On Sunday, a crowd gathered at the intersection of Haines Road North and 38 Avenue North to protest Florida's stand your ground law. Gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum, in Clearwater this weekend, also weighed in on the law on Sunday, saying "stand your ground needs to be repealed in this state."
McGlockton's girlfiend Britany Jacobs says Drejka confronted her because she was parked in a handicapped-accessible space outside a Clearwater convenience store.
Video shows McGlockton exited the store and shoved Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulled out a handgun and shot him as McGlockton backed away.
Gualtieri said Tuesday's news conference was important to let the public know what is happening behind the scenes with the case, an investigation is ongoing and his own agency and viewpoints are following the law.
"I support the concept of stand your ground," Gulatieri said. "But do I think there is room for discussion of tweaking it? Yeah I think there is room for discussion. Tweaking it so it is less ambiguous.
"These decisions are not final as to whether (Michael) Drejka should be charged. That will be made by the state attorney's office. I've never said the investigation is over."