Uber Driver’s Shooting of Man ‘Justifiable Homicide’

Uber Driver's Shooting of Man 'Justifiable Homicide'

(Newser) – “This is a justifiable homicide all day long.” That’s the determination of Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd in the case of an Uber driver who fatally shot a man early Tuesday morning, CNN reports. Robert Westlake was driving with a passenger on a two-lane road when Jason Boek, who thought his girlfriend was in Westlake’s car, sped in front of him and slammed on his brakes, forcing Westlake to stop. Boek jumped out of his pickup and approached Westlake’s Hyundai Elantra. “You know I got a pistol,” Boek yelled. “You want me to [expletive] shoot you?” At that point, Westlake—a licensed armed security guard who recently completed police officer training—fired the single shot that ultimately killed Boek. The confrontation was caught on Westlake’s dash cam.

Speaking to reporters, Judd called it a “classic stand your ground case,” per the BCC, adding that the demise of Boek (who he called a “goofball”) is “a message for the hotheads of the community. Good people carry guns and they will shoot you. A lot. Graveyard dead.” The whole thing started earlier in the night as a case of mistaken identity, according to reports. Boek was watching his girlfriend outside of a bar. She helped a drunk friend into the Uber, and Boek thought she’d gotten in, too. After shooting Boek, Westlake provided medical aid, according to CNN. But Boek died at the scene. Police say that Boek was unarmed and was holding a cell phone when he threatened to shoot Westlake.

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