Your Afternoon Florida News

An Uber driver in Florida fatally shot a man who trailed his car and tried to run him off the road early Tuesday in what a local sheriff called a “classic Stand Your Ground case.”

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the incident happened around 2:20 a.m. in Winter Haven after 34-year-old Jason Boek, believing his estranged girlfriend was the Uber’s passenger, aggressively trailed the car of 38-year-old driver Robert Westlake.

“This is a justifiable homicide all day long,” Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference. “You have the right to protect yourself. This is a classic stand your ground case. This was the intent of the law.”

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4 Responses to Your Afternoon Florida News

  1. crazyeighter says:

    I thought Uber and Lyft prohibited their drivers and passengers from carrying.

  2. Skutertramp says:

    Saw that on Raconteur report. Gotta watch the video press conference by the sheriff, I think it was, and take note of the sly reference to Sir Trayvon von Skittles. Sheriff ought to run for governer.

  3. bogsidebunny says:

    At my age someone a lot younger than me comes looking to do harm even with their fist and feet I consider my life in mortal danger and take appropriate action to defend myself. And in my state with the “stand-your-ground” edict on the books + a valid CCL appropriate action does not imply taking a knee and begging for your life.

  4. Andrew says:

    Just wait two weeks. The local prosecutor will find some way to indict this poor schlub.

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