A death investigation is underway in Dougherty County, after an Atlanta man dies during a fight with the homeowner.
Wesley Braswell, from Atlanta, died after being involved in a fight in the 2200 block of Duitman Road about 1:35 Wednesday afternoon.
WALB interviewed Braswell in 2010, after he had been awarded one of the Army's highest accolades for bravery. In 2006, then Specialist Braswell was a team medic, driving a truck in a convoy headed across Northern Iraq, when the lead truck hit an IED and exploded.
"But I heard the people. I had to get to them. So it was no other way. So I went through there and got to the people," said Braswell in a previous interview about his service.
Live ammunition in the truck was going off as it burned, with three wounded men inside. Braswell went in to save them.
While Braswell tended the wounded, he fired warning shots at another suspected enemy vehicle approaching them. Their maps were burned up in the attack, but Braswell was able to lead the convoy to their destination because he knew the area.
In the incident on Duitman Road, police say Braswell had a gun, leading to a fight between him and the man who lives at the home.
No shots were fired, but Braswell fell unresponsive during the fight, and died. An autopsy is planned for Braswell.
"We've got to gather the facts about what occurred there and we've got to gather the facts about what the cause of death was and what resulted in the death. So at this time we don't have anything for criminal charges," said Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson.
"Number one we are evaluating the forensic evidence, but preliminarily it appear to be a circumstance that there will be issues of stand your ground and self defense," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.
No charges have been filed, as the death investigation continues.
WALB talked to a close friend of Braswell's Thursday night. Joshua Hall knew him for 11 years and speaks highly of the war hero's character and life.
"He was a hero, he went to war, he put his life on the line for us and then you come home and lose your life over something senseless," said Hall. "It's just hard to believe."
Hall said he had just talked to Braswell the day he died and was supposed to see him later that day.
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