A Gwinnett County man is accused of shooting and killing a man who friends said pulled into the wrong driveway.

Phillip Walker Sailors, 69, of Lilburn, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Sunday afternoon and charged with murder for the death of Rodrigo Abad Diaz, according to jail records and his arrest warrant according to the AJC.

Diaz, 22, was shot in the head Saturday night as he tried to drive away from Sailors’ home on Hillcrest Road in Lilburn, the warrant states.

Friends of Diaz, of Duluth, told Channel 2 Action News that he and others were trying to find a friend’s house, but their GPS instead led them to the home on Hillcrest Road, off Indian Trail Road.

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.
An attorney for Sailors told Channel 2 the man shot because he feared his life was in danger.

“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.
Lilburn police declined to release additional information about the shooting Monday night, citing the ongoing investigation.

  • jamar

    there’s probably more to this story…you gonna kill somebody cause they pulled in your driveway…words must have been exchanged,and some egos flared up.

    • Murder

      Unless old head was a nut and paranoid some of these old folks will kill you in 2.2

    • presto 2.5

      and a headshot…”Trying to driving away?”…old man must have some good damn aim…

      yeah whtevr…

  • MoorFedayeen

    @Jamar you could be right or my man may of been schizo. I remember years ago in Detroit a dude killed a little girl after she dropped a newspaper on his porch in the early, early morning. Sad because she was only helping her father deliver papers on his route. The shooter thought ppl were after him. This may be the same instance and yet another case of mentally ill folks that should of been taken care of in our non-existent mental health system, yet he’s on the streets with a weapon.

  • 1luv

    Damn, could have waited for them to come inside. There has to be more to the story, the man had no criminal background until now.

  • BzB

    this is probably how it went down….

    a car full of hispanics pulled in his driveway late at night playing some rico suave. old head comes out to investigate. they probably say some spanish sh1t to him thinking it was their friends house only to find out it wasn’t. old head goes off on some “damn illegals” rant and gets his gun. yells at them to get off his property and let’s one fly in the air. them kids piss their pants and try to leave, but old head doesn’t think they’re leaving fast enough and fires a shot into the car.

    had it been white kids would he have reacted differently? no doubt in my mind. he was the aggressor and his life was never in danger. people take this “castle law” thing way too far. can’t shoot people for turning into your driveway on accident. he deserves to go to jail.

    • Now Thats Pcp

      Sounds about right…..and he looks like a former grand wizard

      • BzB

        got that grand wizard stare down to a science. he ain’t in now way “distraught” over killing that kid. back in his younger days they probably woulda gave him a medal.

    • presto 2.5

      Spit dat shyt @BzB…you speak truth homie

      • WildWild

        @BzB my ninja…lol… way to break that ish down homie

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  • damnshame

    dis anotha white racist muthaf*cka that saw an Hispanic in his yard and aimed to kill-a head shot…deez white folks trippin-man erbody trippin

  • wizzle wii

    just got my ccw and you CAN NOT use your weapon to protect personal property. so he would of had to see the people come into his house to use deadly force. if this guy doesnt die in prison then the state of GA shouldnt be a state anymore!