CHICKAMAUGA, GA (WDEF-TV) - A Chickamauga man will not face criminal charges for fatally shooting a wandering Alzheimer's patient whom he mistook for an intruder in north Georgia.
District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin says 35-year-old Joe Hendrix has been cleared in the fatal shooting 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook on Nov. 27.
Herbert called it a "tragic shooting death."
Westbrook suffered from dementia and investigators say he slipped out of his house and tried entering the home of Hendrix's fiancee just before 4 a.m.
The fiancee called police, and Hendrix got his handgun and went outside in the dark.
Hendrix told police that Westbrook did not respond to commands to stop or identify himself. Instead, Westbrook approached Hendrix, who opened fire.