Uber Driver Who Killed Man in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case Speaks Out

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
August 31, 2018US News

An Uber driver who shot and killed a man in a “classic stand-your-ground” case in Florida has spoken out, saying he’s filled with guilt.

“Everyone tells you what you did was right, but you feel like, did I have to… after the fact? Someone comes at you like that you really don’t have much time to think,” Robert Westlake, the Uber driver, told ABC Action News on Aug. 30.

“I wish the whole chain of events didn’t happen,” Westlake said of what led up to the shooting. “When he said pistol gonna shoot and he had it up at me… who just says that? Who only just threatens that.”

A dashcam video released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office shows Jason Boek approach Westlake’s car before he was shot. Boek apparently thought that his girlfriend was inside the Uber car when he tried to force it off the road, CBS News reported.

“This is a justifiable homicide all day long,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, saying it is a “classic stand-your-ground” case. Judd said that Westlake won’t be charged with a crime.

Video shows Boek yelling: “You know I got a pistol?…You want me to…shoot you?” In the clip, Boek gets out of his truck holding up his cell phone like a handgun as he approached the car, CBS reported.

After the shooting, Westlake immediately called 911 and started to perform CPR. “I thought for a moment I hit him in a spot where he can survive. I thought for a moment after doing compressions I had him back,” Westlake told ABC Action News.

“He ran me off road, jumped out of his vehicle. I couldn’t get away. He came towards me shouting he’s got a pistol. Reached toward his waistband,” Westlake told a 911 operator. “I’m applying pressure to the wound. He’s faintly breathing.”

Westlake told the ABC affiliate that Uber and Lyft suspended his account. Uber told him that even if he is cleared of any wrongdoing, his account might be reinstated, but he doubts that will happen as he violated the company’s no gun policy.

Uber driver fatally shoots other driver after being pursued and then threatened

Sheriff Grady Judd is briefing the media about a shooting death investigation that occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 28, 2018, during which an Uber driver fatally shot 34-year-old Jason Boek, after Boek pursued and then threatened him on Dundee Road just east of Overlook Drive in the unincorporated area of Winter Haven. The Uber driver called 9-1-1 after the shooting and rendered aid to Boek. He continues to cooperate with law enforcement. Click here to read the news release: https://bit.ly/2BZVk9PClick here to see dash cam video from the Uber: https://youtu.be/wa73eAc8em4

Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Details in the Case

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in the incident, a woman had called for an Uber to take her home from the Grove Lounge on U.S. Highway 27 in Dundee after she was drinking, ClickOrlando reported.

Westlake, her Uber driver, drove the woman west on Dundee Road. A woman who had assisted the drunk woman began getting text messages from Boek, her boyfriend. Boek apparently thought that woman got into the Uber car, the report said.

Neither Westlake or the woman knew Boek, who has a lengthy criminal history, including arrests on charges of aggravated battery, battery, burglary, marijuana possession, forgery, larceny, resisting arrest, and violation of probation, the report said.

Deputies said they obtained a search warrant for Boek’s truck and found marijuana and a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue.

“Good people carry guns and they will shoot you. You may be used to bullying people … I highly recommend against that if you value your life. Leave people alone. They may have a gun and shoot you,” Judd said in a warning to “hot heads,” ClickOrlando reported.

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