Michael Jock (pictured) shot Randall White twice inside a Little Caesars pizza restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday and defended his actions with Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law.
White was in line waiting for his pizza when he began complaining about the slow service. Jock was also in line and scolded White for whining, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Jock and White began to shove each other. After White allegedly raised his fist, Jock pulled out a .38 Taurus Ultralight Special Revolver and fired a shot into the White’s torso. A second shot also hit White in the torso.
When police arrived, Jock told them that the shooting had been justified under Florida’s 'Stand Your Ground' law, which says that gun owners do not have a “duty to retreat."
Police spokesman Mike Puetz told the Tampa Bay Times: “He felt he was in his rights. He brought it up specifically and cited it to the officer.”
Jock told the police that he feared for his life and thought White had an object in his hand.
Police disagreed with Jock’s interpretation of the 'Stand Your Ground' law and arrested him on charges of aggravated battery and firing a weapon within a building.
Puetz said: “We determined it did not reach a level where deadly force was required.”
Jock was released by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office after posting a $20,000 bond.