Phillip Walker Sailors, 69, of Lilburn, was arrested for fatally shooting Rodrigo Abad Diaz, who friends say pulled into the wrong driveway Saturday night. The arrest warrant alleges Diaz was shot in the head as he tried to drive away from Sailors’ home on Hillcrest Road in Lilburn. Friends of 22 year old Rodrigo Abad Diaz maintain he and others were trying to find a friend’s house, but their GPS led them to the wrong home.
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, Yeson Jimenez, 15, told Channel 2. Jimenez said he and his brother were in the car with Diaz, along with a female passenger. Diaz tried to drive away, but Sailors shot again, striking Diaz in the head, according to police.
“He is very distraught over the loss of life from the defense of his home,” attorney Michael Puglise said. “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.”
Sailors remained late Monday in jail, where he was being held without bond. He has no known criminal history. Source
Since when did people become so trigger-happy that someone accidentally pulling into the wrong driveway is automatically assumed to be a robber Would Mr. Sailors have reacted the same way had Rodrigo Abad Diaz been white?