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Funeral arrangements made for Walker Co. man with Alzheimer’s

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Funeral arrangements have been made for the 72-year-old Walker County man with Alzheimer's who was shot and killed as he was mistaken for a prowler.  

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson told Channel 3 Thursday, that 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook was most likely lost and confused when he started ringing the doorbell and jiggling the doorknob at a home on Cottage Crest Court in Chickamauga around 4 o'clock Wednesday morning. Wesbrook's wife had no clue he left their home about three miles away.

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"They just did not know that he had walked away until about the time it happened. And it was just too late at that point. About the time she discovered he was gone, the shooting had already happened."

While 34-year-old Joe Hendrix ran outside to check the property with gun in hand, his fiancee was on the phone with 911. Hendrix told investigators he gave Westbrook verbal commands with no response and when Westbrook came toward him, he fire his gun four times.

Condolences can be sent by clicking here. Contributions can also be made in the name of Westbrook to the Alzheimer's Association by clicking here.

The funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 3 at 2p.m. in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home in Rossville.  Interment will follow in the Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park with Full Military Honors.

The family will receive friends Monday, December 2 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, located at the end of Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

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