Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a house on Tiffany Lane in Loganville at about 9:34 p.m., Feb. 9, 2013, in response to shots fired and a woman screaming. It turned out that the woman screaming had heard someone at her back door.
According to the WCSO incident report, the woman told deputies that she was in her living room when she heard someone knocking at the back door of her home. She then heard someone trying to turn the doorknob. At this time she went to her bedroom and retrieved her Smith and Wesson revolver and returned to her living room in time to see the headlights of a car backing out of her driveway. She said she opened her door and fired three shots into the air. According to the report, her weapon showed that it had recently been fired and three spent rounds were in the chamber.
Deputies were subsequently flagged down by a man who said he was the person who had been at the house. He explained he had been on the phone getting directions from a friend, who lived in the same neighborhood, and had gone to the wrong house. His friend had told him to come around to the rear of the house and let himself in. He told deputies that when he realized he was at the wrong house, he left to try and find the right address. He said when he was driving out of the driveway he saw that the homeowner had come to the front door with a gun and fired into the air. Deputies reported that gun safety rules and regulations were then explained to the gun owner.
A similar incident in Lilburn last month didn’t turn out quite so well. In that instance, the homeowner fired on the car that had inadvertently gone to the wrong address, killing the driver. It was reported that the GPS system had given the wrong directions. , was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.