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Cops: Man shoots at carload of people, kills 1

Phillip Walker Sailors

Phillip Walker Sailors

LILBURN -- A 69-year-old Lilburn man was arrested and charged in the death of a young man after allegedly shooting at a carload of people that turned into his driveway by mistake.

Phillip Walker Sailors, of 537 Hillcrest Road in Lilburn, was booked into Gwinnett County jail Sunday afternoon and charged with murder, according to jail records. Sailors was being held without bond.

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. Others in the car included a 15- and 18-year-old.

Sailors' attorney, Michael Puglise, says 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.

Return to www.gwinnettdailypost.com for updates.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

DavidBrown 1 year, 10 months ago

This story is an example of why I'm concerned about guns. The obvious question in the back of my mind is whether Mr. Sailors would have fired at the car if the occupants were not Hispanic. Just wondering.

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NewsReader 1 year, 10 months ago

Any excuse is good enough for you to be concerned about guns because that is your agenda du jour.

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LilZ 1 year, 10 months ago

That's just ridiculous. You should be more concerned about the mental status of this man, not the gun. His brain is what caused him to use the gun, not the other way around.

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news2me 1 year, 10 months ago

Your lack of compassion for the deceased is trumped by your obsessive fear of guns and pulling out the race card? Just wondering. SMH

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

Best i can tell you David is dont own a gun....case closed...also put a sign in your yard that says you dont own a weapon of any kind.

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Kat 1 year, 10 months ago

So you know he was close enough to determine the race of the occupants? Let's wait until the police complete their investigation before passing judgement.

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rrae 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree with Kat - wait for the police investigation.....that neighborhood is slowly going down hill and it is a shame.....

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 10 months ago

I'd like to see better patrolling in the neighborhoods. Without a police presense people will resort to what they deem necessary to protect themselves. People need to feel like they are being protected and served. Like Kat and rrae, the public should see what the investigation turns up.

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dudley4141 1 year, 10 months ago

Lets look at this again, Mr. Sailors was safe in his home, saw an unknown car pull into his driveway, he came out side with a gun, again came (outside) from the saftey of his home and shot this poor man dead. He stated he feared for his safety? He was in a locked house for petes sake. The shooting is not justifiable at all.

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news2me 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow you have ALL the facts. Thanks for your contribution.

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NewsReader 1 year, 10 months ago

Nobody is justifying or condoning what he did dudley4141. We only look at the inherent wizdumb[sic] of the likes of DavidBrown who, amongst other things, plays his race card. The race card; never leave home without it.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

TUCKER -- Police caught a robbing crew red-handed recently as they ransacked a Tucker home and beat its occupants with a shotgun, authorities said.

Evidence suggests the home-invasion might not be an isolated incident, Gwinnett police said.

Five suspects arrested outside the Doyle Street home -- three men, a woman and a juvenile -- are jailed on multiple counts of armed robbery and false

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tressag5 1 year, 10 months ago

I assume your point is that since this has happened before, running out of your house, guns blazing, is an appropriate response.

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news2me 1 year, 10 months ago

GDP reports 3 people as a "carload"

tressa exclaims 2 shots fired are "guns blazing"

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

Not an appropriate response but this crime happens so much that people are becoming afraid not to react. Since the cops take sometimes hours to respond to an incident.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

GUNS BLAZING..................GEEZ WHERE DID THAT COME FROM.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

I dont know if he was wrong or right. I do know i wont pass judgement until all facts are on the table...I do know that the story about the 22 yr old fleeing is not what i heard..I know this person.

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tressag5 1 year, 10 months ago

I will...he was wrong. He shot someone in his driveway and, most likely, will go to prison.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

i would not jump to high off that bridge...Did you watch tonights news. The neighbor said the same people had been in her driveway a couple nights before...Racing the engine screaming and making a ruckus.

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news2me 1 year, 10 months ago

Strange that the car passengers are all over the other media outlets claiming (through translators since they have only been in the US 3 months and speak NO English) that they were lost trying to find a friends house so they could go ice skating. We are being fed information the media and law enforcement want us to hear. The friend's of the deceased victim should not be speaking to the media.

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jackson11 1 year, 10 months ago

David Brown, It is highly unlikely that anyone, especially a 69-year-old, could determine or make any distinction of race, at night with headlights shining in their direction. I reject "race" as a factor in this case.

Plain and simple: Sailors exercised POOR judgment under the circumstances and not only would I not do the same, I cannot condone his actions. This case is not a good example of justifiable self-defense. If he was concerned for his safety, he would have been better off maintaining the advantage of a defensive position WITHIN the home, while attempting to get the police on their way. Do those things and you have the best chance of coming out on top, tactically and legally. The cost: An innocent life lost and an elderly man who will be lost to his family and will lose all he had, as he will now have to pay for his poor judgment and actions.

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Redramjam 1 year, 10 months ago

Looks like this country in converting back to the ways of the old west. Everybody's armed, and God forbid you cut your eyes the wrong way at somebody, unless you can pull your gun quicker. You can bet I won't be turning around in any strange driveways when I miss my turn anymore.

It's more than just the neighborhood going down, it's getting to be pretty much city wide. We could use a few more "hookah shops", "smoke shops" check cashing shops, supermacado's, maybe we can get a trailer park or two zoned in. Liburn "small town, big problems." No wonder a decent higher end chain restaurant won't come anywhere near lilburn.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

Keep the thugs in your neighborhood and everything will be alright with the rest of us...

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RiggaTony 1 year, 10 months ago

This man was protecting his property as his Constitutional rights allow him to do. Was the gun he used legally owned? I must have been, or the article would have mentioned it. If so, he definitely in the right because legal gun owners never use their weapons to commit crimes.

Besides, look at his picture. Does he look like a criminal? Look at the names of the property intruders. Do they look like criminals? Case closed.

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FreeYourSelf2 1 year, 10 months ago

Shaking my head .... Some people should be Outlawed from holding any sort of object that could commit a crime including a butterknife. "....This man was protecting his property as his Constitutional rights allow him to do..." such a travesty.

Does your Constitutional Rights allow you to shoot a gun down a occupied sidewalk after getting your purse stolen from a fleeing criminal? #1 according to GA State Law's "Stand Your Ground Law" and you have only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury as well as a Castle Doctrine law, which justifies the use of deadly force in defense of one’s home.

The Vehicle in this case is leaving the Property...and you recklessly shoot a round into the Air and then to loaded vehicle and Kill a man...
 What if that stray bullet came from the Sky and landed in your home and injured your loved ones? Please answer it .

Also, mentioned "Besides, look at his picture. Does he look like a criminal? Look at the names of the property intruders. Do they look like criminals? Case closed."

Did the Aurora Colorado Shooter James Holmes look like a Criminal, Brian Lanza from Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut Look like a murderer? How stupid can you be???

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 10 months ago

The odds of a 22 entering yoiur home falling from the sky through your roof, the plywood under the roof tile, the insulation and the sheetrock and getting in the house and doing harm is so far fetched i cant believe u would even make that comment.

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jkbritt 1 year, 10 months ago

I prefer to wait until all evidence and investigation is complete. So many home invasions, we all should decide how WE will respond. "late at night"... does make any of us uncomfortable.

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