Retired Christian Missionary Shoots, Kills Latino For Pulling In Driveway


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Retired Christian Missionary Shoots, Kills Latino For Pulling In
An elderly Georgia missionary claims he shot a young man approaching his
house this weekend because he feared a home invasion, but the victim's
friends say he was looking to pick up a pal to go skating and his GPS
device took him to the wrong driveway.

"This was an unfortunate, tragic event and our department is in the
process of investigating the incident," Lilburn Police Chief Bruce
Hedley told

Phillip Sailors, 69, has been charged with murder and is being held in jail without bond.

Police responded to a Lilburn, Ga., home on Saturday night around 10:15 p.m. where shots had been fired and there was shouting.

Officer Matthew Price wrote in a police report that when he arrived he
saw a red Mitsubishi with "a Hispanic male subject, slumped over in the
driver's seat, blood covering his face and top of his head. The subject
had labored breathing and was unresponsive."

The man was later identified as Rodrigo Diaz, 22.

A girl with blood on her jeans, arms and hands was "screaming frantically that her boyfriend had been shot."

Two other male passengers were in the driveway as well as Sailors.

"The guy [Sailors] came out. He went in again and he came out with a gun
in his hand and he shot into the air," passenger Yeson Jimenez, 15,
told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

He told WSB-TV that they were going to pick up a girl who lived in the
area to go ice skating when their GPS system took them to the wrong

The friends said that Sailors shot at the car when they were trying to leave.

Sailors' attorney Mike Puglise said that two of the people from the car
had approached the house where Sailors and his wife were inside.

"This particular area has a pretty high crime rate, a lot of home
invasions, drug trafficking, just not pleasant activity in the area,"
Puglise told "What he processed was that this was for all
practical purposes a home invasion, an attack on his property and his
life and unfortunately it resulted in a loss of life while he was
defending his home."

Puglise said that the house next door to Sailors' had been broken into in the past two weeks.

He said his client did not have a conversation with the people and that "everything happened very, very quickly."

Sailors saw two people running by his car and "assumed they were up to
no good," Puglise said. He went outside and fired a warning shot into
the air. He says the people were back in the car and the car moved in
his direction, which is when he shot, according to Puglise.

The shot hit Diaz in the head, causing "severe damage to the brain and bones in the skull," according to the police report.

Diaz was taken to a hospital where surgery was performed, but he died in the ICU, according to police.

Diaz's brother David Diaz-Valencia told that the family was
not ready to talk about their loss and that they were letting the police
handle the situation.

Puglise said that Sailors and his family are "distraught" over the death.

"The family's heart goes out to the family of the young man that was
lost and it's an unfortunate situation," he said. "Mr. Sailors has
cooperated 100 percent with the investigation and he will continue to

Puglise described Sailors as an honorably discharged military veteran, a
Christian missionary active in his church and a bus driver with no
criminal history.

There is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sailors on Thursday.


The weak are meat the strong do eat...
Got a feeling he's going to end up living in a little more secure neighborhood. One were all doors are locked at night, a permanent guard is on duty 24/7, and razor wire on all the fences.


Glad it's you !!
seems like this is not the whole story !! but i would really love to have such a neighbor !!