Mute Air Force Vet Ronald Westbrook, With Advanced Alzheimer’s, Killed by GA Homeowner

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Mute Air Force Vet Ronald Westbrook, With Advanced Alzheimer’s, Killed by GA Homeowner

Another trigger-happy homeowner fatally shoots an unarmed person. Ronald Westbrook, a mute Air Force veteran with advanced Alzheimer’s was fatally shot by Joe Hendrix after he rang the bell at the his house when he became lost and confused in rural Walker County, Ga. This comes weeks after Renisha McBride was fatally shot by homeowner Theodore Wafer as she sought help after a car accident.

Ronald Westbrook reportedly rang the door bell and turned the door handle of the home where Joe Hendrix had recently moved with his fiancee. The woman, who wasn’t identified, called 911 and was on the phone with the dispatcher when Hendrix confronted the unarmed elderly man in the yard with a .40-caliber handgun.

According to The Chattanoogan, Westbrook didn’t respond to the commands Joe Hendrix issued to him because the Alzheimer’s disease had left him mute. He was fatally shot in the chest after Hendrix fired four shots. It is unlikely that Joe Hendrix will be charged with a crime, though his use of lethal force was uncalled for.

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 Mute Air Force Vet Ronald Westbrook, With Advanced Alzheimers, Killed by GA Homeowner
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
  • Not an idiot

    Love how you can say it was uncalled for, obviously you were there and can speak to the way every person feels during a time of potential crisis.

  • Concerned

    I am a firm believer in the 2nd amendment. What concerns me is the fact that the home owner felt confident enough to pump 4 rounds into this gentleman, with what light was available but could not see that he was elderly? Something here is much more than fishy. This sounds like a trigger happy wingnut and gives responsible gun owners a bad name.. Blessings to the friends and family of Mr. Westbrook..

    • RegularJoe62

      What concerns me is that you’re willing to label Hendrix a “trigger happy wingnut” without knowing anything about Hendrix beyond what’s in an early news report. Maybe he was justified, maybe he wasn’t. I’m willing to let the proper authorities figure this out.