Graphic dashcam video shows the last moments in the life of 34-year-old Jason Boek of Winter Haven, Florida. Just before 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Boek tried to run Uber driver Robert Westlake, 38, off the road in Polk County. In the near pitch-black darkness on rural Dundee Road, Boek descended from his pickup to confront Westlake.

Lifting his cell phone to mimic a firearm, Boek is heard to say, "You know I’ve got a pistol," and added, "You want me to f—ing shoot you!" Westlake responded by shooting Boek once in the chest. Westlake and his passenger are heard to say, “Oh my God!” While Westlake called for help and tried to administer aid, Boek died at the scene.

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, this was a case of “justifiable homicide,” while he cited citizens’ right to protect themselves. He said it was a “classic” case of “stand your ground” that was intended by Florida state law.

“Leave people alone, they may have a gun and shoot you,” said Judd. “This is a justifiable homicide all day long,” said Judd. “You have a right to protect yourself. This is a classic stand your ground case.” "Doh't mess with people" Judd said, adding "Don't mess with an Uber driver."

Detectives will search Boek's truck for drugs. 

According to local reports, Boek’s girlfriend had been drinking at a local watering hole in Winter Haven. Boek and the woman exchanged text messages in the run-up to the fatal incident. The pair had been drinking at the bar together. When the woman told him that she did not need a ride, he said that he was still at the bar watching her. Boek then borrowed a Ford F-250 pickup from a friend, telling the woman that he would cause mayhem should he see her accompanying another man. He also threatened to beat the Uber driver.

Jason Boek

Unbeknownst to Boek, according to the sheriff, the girlfriend and a bartender were helping a drunk woman go home from the drinking establishment. The girlfriend hailed a Uber ride for her and walked with her outside. It was the drunk who was riding in Westlake’s Uber vehicle. 

Boek followed the car in the pickup, cutting it off and forcing it to a stop. That is when he descended from the vehicle and took the last steps of his life. 

Westlake is a concealed weapon permit holder and licensed armed security guard. He also recently qualified to apply for work as a police officer in the state of Florida. The video on his dashcam showed that Boek’s life was over in a matter of seconds. 

 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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