ATLANTA (AP) — A gunman will not face criminal charges for shooting a wandering Alzheimer's patient to death -- whom he mistook for an intruder at his Georgia home last November, officials said Friday.
The local prosecutor said Friday that gunman Joe Hendrix, 35, has been cleared in the fatal shooting 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook on Nov. 27.
Westbrook, who suffered from dementia, left his home and tried to enter the home of Hendrix's fiancee just before 4 a.m. that morning. The fiancee called police, and Hendrix got his handgun and went outside in the dark to find out what was happening.
Hendrix told police that he opened fire after Westbrook continued to approach him, after ignoring commands and failing to respond to demands to identify himself.
District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin called the incident a "tragic shooting death."
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