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Responsible Gun Owner Shoots, Kills 22-Year-Old Over Wrong Turn

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By Jeff Wilber on January 29, 2013

A 69-year-old responsible Georgia gun owner named shot and killed a 22-year-old on Saturday. Was Phillip Walker Sailors simply standing his ground?

Sure, if you consider a car turning into your driveway a cause for shots to be fired with no questions asked. Sailors (pictured, right) killed Rodrigo Abad Diaz after Diaz’s GPS gave him the wrong directions to a friend’s house.

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via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Yeson Jimenez, 15, told Channel 2 Action News, after seeing the car in his driveway, Sailors came out of his home, went back inside, then came out again with a gun and shot in the air. Jimenez and his brother were in the car with Diaz, along with a female passenger.

Sailors reportedly was worried that the group had pulled into his driveway for a home invasion. According to police, Sailors still felt threatened even after Diaz attempted to pull away. Sailors fired again and struck Diaz in the head.

Everybody knows that if you fire a warning shot and the potential threat tries to leave, that’s grounds for more shots. If that weren’t enough, Sailors then held the car’s passengers at gunpoint until the police arrived.

“He is very distraught over the loss of life from the defense of his home,” Sailors’ attorney says of his client. “This incident happened late in the evening hours when he was home with his wife and he assumed it was a home invasion and he maintains his innocence.”

According to police reports, Sailors was charged with malice murder and is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County jail.

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[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
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