Lilburn motorist in wrong driveway shot dead

Suburban Atlanta man, 69, facing murder charges

LILBURN, Ga. — Police say a 69-year-old suburban Atlanta man faces a murder charge after authorities say he shot and killed a 22-year-old man who had pulled into his driveway.

 Gwinnett County Jail records show that Phillip Walker Sailors was being held on a murder charge after the Saturday night shooting in Lilburn, northeast of Atlanta.

 An arrest warrant states that 22-year-old Rodrigo Abad Diaz of Duluth was shot in the head as he tried to drive away from Sailors’ home.

 Sailors’ attorney, Michael Puglise, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was home with his wife late at night, and assumed the young man arrived for a home invasion.

 Puglise says Sailors was defending his home and maintains his innocence.

 Lilburn police declined to release additional information about the circumstances of the shooting.

 

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