The Uber driver who made headlines after he shot an attacker on the road in self-defense is speaking out about the incident and the fallout from it.
Speaking with WFTS, Robert Westlake said he feels guilty about killing 34-year-old Jason Boek.
Westlake also expressed his concern that he might lose his jobs at Uber and Lyft after they suspended his accounts. Both companies have a strict “no weapons” policy, which includes firearms, for their drivers and riders.
“Everyone tells you what you did was right, but you feel like, did I have to… after the fact?” he explained. “Someone comes at you like that, you really don’t have much time to think.”
Even though his birthday just occurred, Westlake said he’s having a hard time enjoying certain activities.
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The incident occurred after Boek followed Westlake because he thought his girlfriend was in the car. The couple got into an argument through text messages, with Boek even threatening to beat up the Uber driver.
Boek cut off Westlake, who does have a concealed carry license and just finished training to become a police officer, before getting out of his pickup truck and shouting that he has a pistol.
“You know I got a pistol? You want me to f**king shoot you?” Boek shouted.
Westlake quickly drew his firearm and shot Boek once in the chest.
When Westlake went to kick an object out of Boek’s hand, that’s when he saw it was not a pistol but rather a cellphone.
“I thought for a moment that I hit him in a spot where he could he survive,” Westlake recalled. “I thought for a moment, after doing compressions, I had him back.”
“This is a classic stand your ground case. Good people carry guns and they will shoot you, a lot. Graveyard dead,” Polk County sheriff.
— Morning Express with Robin Meade (@MorningExp) August 30, 2018
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called Westlake’s action a “classic stand your ground case.” He further warned the “hotheads” to not do what Boek did because “good people carry guns and they will shoot you a lot — graveyard dead.”