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Georgia man shoots and kills young Latino who accidentally pulled into his driveway

10:06 am - 01/30/2013


Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was driving around with his girlfriend and two friends when he pulled into a driveway, thinking they had arrived at another friend’s house, his brother says. But instead he pulled into the driveway of Phillip Sailors, 69, who thought his home was being robbed, his lawyer says. Sailors then shot Diaz, according to the police report, citing what Sailors told officers at the scene. Diaz later died while in the intensive care unit.

“Basically, what happened is they were looking for one of my brother’s girlfriend’s friends,” says his brother David E. Diaz-Valencia, 23. “The guy came outside and my brother’s girlfriend said he was screaming, ‘Get off my property!’ and he shot into the air. My brother was backing out fast because he was scared and he rolled down the window to say he was sorry and he was not doing anything wrong. Then the guy shot him in his head.”
When officers arrived, Angie Rebolledo, Diaz’s girlfriend, had blood on her jeans, both arms and both hands as she was attempting to get a response from him and screamed frantically that her boyfriend had been shot, according to police.

Police arrested Sailors, of Lilburn, Georgia, who was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Sunday afternoon and charged with murder, according to the police report.

“At this point we have established probable cause to charge Mr. Sailors and when the investigation is complete, we will turn over the case file to the Gwinnett County District Attorneys Officer for processing,” Lilburn police Chief Bruce Hedley told NBC Latino. “To preserve the integrity of the case, I will not be releasing further information concerning this incident.”

Sailors’ lawyer says his client is a Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal history and thought he and his wife were about to be victims of a home invasion. “You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

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shadwrayvn 30th-Jan-2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh fuck you! He was already backing out of the driveway there was no need to shot him again! He effing shot him in the head!
pandaeatworld 30th-Jan-2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
This. All of this.
mickeym 30th-Jan-2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
I actually said "FUCK YOU" out loud as I read that. So what if he's a military veteran? So what if he's dedicated his life to community service? She still went batshit crazy and killed someone who was no threat to him. Jesus.
windsong_moon 30th-Jan-2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
So... being a veteran entitles you to shoot whomever you like because you've served the community? I don't think that's how it works.
skellington1 30th-Jan-2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Apparently it's like a legal indulgence system. WHO KNEW?
castalianspring 30th-Jan-2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sailors’ lawyer says his client is a Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal history and thought he and his wife were about to be victims of a home invasion. “You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

No excuse whatsoever, if it was only a car pulling into the drive, no weapons shown, no threats, etc. What a complete overreaction, and now an innocent young man is dead. Very glad this guy's been arrested and charged.
sunktheglow 30th-Jan-2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Uh, people pull in my driveway and back out all the time. Not to mention, I get unexpected visitors. I don't go outside and shoot people for that. It's not like the guy was at his front door, playing with the lock with a bobby pin or whatever.
evilnel 30th-Jan-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think this is the worst part. If this had been a car full of white folks, the guy probably would have been like 'oh well, got turned around' but because it was Latino people he was like ZOMG I'M ABOUT TO BE ROBBED!!! Racist much? :/
hinoema 30th-Jan-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
“You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

SO FUCKING WHAT. HE'S ALSO A MURDERER.

JFC. He had no damn business shotting someone like that who had no weapon and was posing no imminent threat. STFD, lawyer. He can't get out of this one on privilege, whether that's white privilege, Christian privilege or anything else.

Edited at 2013-01-30 04:26 pm (UTC)
emofordino 30th-Jan-2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
seriously, the guy was even pulling away! I can't even understand shooting a warning shot (unless you REALLY legitimately feel like you're in danger, which this guy obviously wasn't because he had a gun and the victim didn't) because you could still end up hurting someone on accident. so shooting at someone who is clearly trying to gtfo of there is even more mind-boggling to me.
spinnigold 30th-Jan-2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
“You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

...So?? I don't care if he's the Queen of bloody Sheba--he used excessive force and murdered another person. The end.
hippie_chick 30th-Jan-2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I could give a fuck less whether this old man was a veteran and I don't give a fuck if he has no prior criminal history. He's a MURDERER now. Plain and simple as that.
oumeoumai 30th-Jan-2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Right? Gotta start somewhere.

What a piece of shit.
rainbow_fish 30th-Jan-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Omg this is awful :(
mickeym 30th-Jan-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
“You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

I love how they mention *specifically* that he's worked with the ministry in Latin America. No doubt to try and say 'hey, he didn't MEAN to be a threat to this Latino dude! It was all a mistake! Look how many souls he's saved elsewhere!'

Ugh. I pull in to driveways and back up/turn around if I need to and there's nowhere else to turn around at. Since when does that equal potential home invasion? Who the hell greets people turning into their driveway with a freaking GUN??
clevermanka 30th-Jan-2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I love how they mention *specifically* that he's worked with the ministry in Latin America.

SOME OF HIS BEST FRIENDS ARE LATINOS.
jettakd 30th-Jan-2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
HE SHOT A RETREATING MAN WHO HAD NO WEAPONS WHATSOEVER. He's a murderer and he should be charged.
dearmisterecho 30th-Jan-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
“You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”



Poor guy, too awful to even begin to imagine.


edit for gif copying fail

Edited at 2013-01-30 04:41 pm (UTC)
sitaangel 30th-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
It doesn't sound like they ever got out of the car. Like hell the guy thought he was going to be robbed. Now this guy can add murderer to his list of accomplishments.
69love_songs 30th-Jan-2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
This is actually horrific. :/
poetic_pixie_13 30th-Jan-2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
Sailors’ lawyer says his client is a Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal history and thought he and his wife were about to be victims of a home invasion. “You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

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wikilobbying 30th-Jan-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
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