Winter Haven, Florida – Jason Boek, 34, thought Uber driver Robert Westlake had his girlfriend in his car, so he ran him off the road and threatened to shoot him. The Uber driver shot him. Now both Uber and Lyft have suspended Mr. Westlake.
The incident was a classic case of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
The incident began around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday. Boek was stalking his girlfriend at a local bar. When she decided to help an intoxicated woman into Westlake’s Uber car, Boek assumed the woman in the car was his girlfriend. He texted her that he was going to follow the Uber car and beat him up. But his girlfriend was actually still in the bar.
Blue Lives Matter reported,
In the video, a pickup truck cut off the Uber driver and pulled in front of him and forced Westlake to stop his car. Then Boek got out of his car and approached Westlake.
Westlake said, “I say something?”
Boek responded, “You know I got a pistol? You want me to f**king shoot you?”
Then a gunshot was heard.
A female passenger said, “Oh my god.”
Then Westlake repeated, “Oh my god.”
Westlake called 911 and attempted to stop the bleeding, but Boek died at the scene.
“He ran me off road, jumped out of his vehicle. I couldn’t get away. He came towards me, shouted he’s got a pistol, reached for his waistband.” Westlake in the 911 call
According to WTVT, Westlake is a security guard with a valid concealed carry permit. He also recently graduated from the police academy.
“This is a justifiable homicide all day long. You have the right to protect yourself. This is a classic ‘Stand Your Ground’ case. This was the intent of the law.” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
It turned out that Boek was reaching for his cell phone, not a gun. At this juncture, Westlake is not facing any charges, but the Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate.
Boek has an extrensive criminal history: drugs, aggravated battery, burglary. He was driving the truck on a suspended license.
“Here’s a message for the hotheads of the community: Don’t do that stuff. Good people carry guns and they will shoot you. A lot. Graveyard dead.” Sheriff Grady Judd
Uber and Lyft both have policies against carrying a firearm while picking up passengers.
…Uber and Lyft both suspended Westlake from driving for their respective businesses. Uber sent a message to Westlake, saying, “Until you can send us paperwork clearing you, you’re account is on a suspension.” Lyft said, “You may have violated our policies while working under our app.”