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.