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Michael Jock, Florida man, invokes "stand your ground" law after shooting man at pizza restaurant, police say

Michael Jock Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Michael Jock
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/AP) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Police say a Tampa Bay area man arrested for shooting and wounding another man during an argument about slow service at a pizza restaurant. He claimed the action was justified under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

St. Petersburg police say 52-year-old Michael Jock was waiting in line at a Little Caesars on Sunday when another customer, 49-year-old Randall White, began complaining about the slow service. The men exchanged words, which turned into a shoving match.

CBS affiliate WTSP reports Jock pulled out a revolver and fired it at White, striking him in the torso. The two struggled and White was shot a second time.

Jock, who has a concealed weapons permit, told officers he feared for his life and was justified under the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. It permits residents to use deadly force if they reasonable believe it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.

However, according to the Tampa Bay Times, police determined that the incident "did not reach a level where deadly force was required."

The officers charged Jock with aggravated battery with a weapon and shooting within a building. He was later released on $20,000 bail.

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