Stand your ground gets another black eye as Ronald Westbrook, a 72-year-old with Alzheimer's, gets shot to death because no charges are filed after a trigger happy gun owner opened fire when all he could see was a silhouette.
So he opened fire on a silhouette of an old man walking his dogs.
Sheriff Steve Wilson says Westbrook was most likely trying to find his way home, when he saw the porch light on at the home on College Crest Court. He repeatedly rang the doorbell, jiggled the knob and started wandering around the outside of the house.
Thirty-four-year-old Joe Hendrix was staying at the house with his fiance. She called 911. About 10 minutes into the call, unbeknownst to the dispatcher, Hendrix grabbed his .40 caliber gun, and went outside to check the property. He spotted Westbrook, telling investigators he could only see his silhouette.
Sheriff Wilson, who knows Westbrook and his family, says this is a tough investigation, "We're all saddened that this has happened. Certainly saddened that Mr. Westbrook lost his life and was probably not aware of what was actually happening."
This is another story of a person leaving the security of his home to confront the suspect. Did he need to or just because he had a gun he got braver and ultimately led to the death of an innocent man