Report: Gwinnett Slaying Suspect Believed Someone Was Trying To Enter Home

Phillip Sailors,of Lilburn is currently being held without bond in the shooting death of 22-year-old Duluth man.

Lilburn police detectives continue to investigate a Saturday shooting death on Hillcrest Road that was the city's first homicide since 2005.

In the incident, 22-year-old Rodrigo Diaz of Duluth was shot in the driveway of 537 Hillcrest Road in Lilburn. Diaz was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. 

He had been shot in the left side of his head with a .22-caliber revolver, according to police. He was pronounced dead at 6:10 a.m. on Jan. 27, while in the intensive care unit.

He reportedly believed that someone was trying to enter his home unannounced.

According to a report released to Patch on Tuesday, Diaz was driving with three friends when he arrived to Sailors' home on Saturday evening.

According to the victim's brother, David E. Diaz Valencia, the friends were trying to find the home of a friend of Diaz's girlfriend when they pulled into the wrong driveway by mistake.

For more on this article, visit Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch.


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