Golfer killed because he saw gunman in truck with two bodies inside

Pro-golfer, 41, was shot dead because he ‘witnessed a crime in progress’ after he came across killer driving with two corpses in the back of his truck

  • The unidentified gunman remains on the run in Cobb County, Georgia, near Atlanta 
  • On Saturday, he drove a white pick-up truck onto the green at the Pinetree County Club 
  • He was confronted at the 10th hole by pro Gene Siller, and he shot Siller in the head then fled the scene
  • Police arrived and found the bodies of Paul Pierson, 76, and one other man in the bed of the pick-up truck
  • The pick-up truck belonged to Pierson, authorities later confirmed 
  • In the days before the shooting, Siller had a row with a man who’d been fishing on the golf course  

By Peter Belfiore and Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:20, 6 July 2021 | Updated: 18:58, 6 July 2021

Police in Georgia say pro-golfer Gene Siller was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was shot dead after witnessing a suspect drive a stolen truck carrying the bodies of two slain men onto a green at a country club on Saturday. 

The Cobb County police said on Tuesday that they were following leads in their search for the unidentified gunman in connection with the triple homicide at Pinetree Country Club in suburban Atlanta.

A spokesperson for the agency stated in a press release that there is no evidence to suggest that there is an active threat to the public at large.

Police Sgt Wayne Delk stated that detectives have learned that Siller, a married father-of-two, was fatally shot in the head at the tenth hole after he ‘happened upon a crime in progress’ involving the unnamed suspect driving a stolen white Ram 3500 pickup truck. 

Golfer killed because he saw gunman in truck with two bodies inside

Wrong place, wrong time: Police in Georgia say pro-golfer Gene Siller (left and right) was not targeted, but was killed for witnessing a crime in progress on Saturday 

Golfer killed because he saw gunman in truck with two bodies inside

Siller had reportedly tried to stop the white pickup truck pictured above from driving onto the golf course before he was shot.

Police would find two additional bodies stashed in the truck’s bed 

‘It does not appear he was in any way targeted, but rather was killed because he witnessed an active crime taking place,’ Delk wrote. 

The vehicle that was discovered on the green was found to contain the lifeless bodies of 76-year-old Paul Pierson and another man who has not been named as of Tuesday afternoon. Both suffered apparent gunshot wounds. 

Police said the two victims found shot to death in the bed of the truck appeared to have no relation to the country club. 

The Ram pickup truck was registered to Pierson. A family friend told Fox 5 he was from out of town and had traveled to Atlanta for business. 

Sgt Delk said in Tuesday’s statement that ‘it is too early in the investigation to speculate as to motive.’ 

In the days before the incident, Siller confronted a man who had been fishing on the golf course and the man became so agitated that Siller called the police.

Golfer killed because he saw gunman in truck with two bodies inside

Siller leaves behind his wife and two young children (pictured together) 

Golfer killed because he saw gunman in truck with two bodies inside

The Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia, about 27 miles outside of Atlanta, is where Saturday afternoon’s fatal shooting happened

It’s unclear if it’s the same man who killed him, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

Other golfers heard five or six shots ringing out.  

The Georgia State Golf Association initially identified Siller, a pro golfer, golfing instructor and Director of Pinetree, as one of the victims on Saturday evening. 

‘All of us at the GSGA are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred earlier today at Pinetree CC.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene Siller’s family and friends,’ the Georgia State Golf Association tweeted.

The Georgia PGA also issued a statement offering its condolences on Twitter:  

‘Tragedy has stricken the Georgia Section PGA in the loss of our Member, Gene Siller. Thoughts and prayers for his family and the Pinetree Country Club family.’

Siller leaves behind his wife, Ashley, and two young children. A GoFundMe has been set up to help his family.  

Details surrounding the shooting remain scant, other than it happened around 2.30pm Saturday at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, about 27 miles outside Atlanta. 

Footage from WAGA-TV showed a white pickup truck stuck on a hill in the middle of the club’s golf course.

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The Georgia State Golf Association and Georgia PGA issued statements of condolences to Siller’s family

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Siller is pictured with wife Ashley, including on their wedding day

Golfer killed because he saw gunman in truck with two bodies inside

The couple have two young sons together, pictured above 

A witness told Fox 5 Atlanta that someone, later identified by the golf organizations as Siller, tried to stop the pickup truck from going on to the golf course when he was shot. 

Neighbor John Lavender told WAGA-TV that he heard ‘five, six booms go off’ and wasn’t sure whether it was gunshots or fireworks. ‘You just don’t think it’s gunshots in this area,’ he said.

Officials described the suspect as a 6-foot-1-inch Hispanic male with long hair, dark-colored work pants and a white or tan shirt.

The suspect was last seen in the area of Pinetree Country Club and was headed toward Frey Lake Road.  

The country club is near the campus of Kennesaw State University.

After the shooting, the school tweeted that there were no credible threats to campus

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Details surrounding the shooting are scarce, but police in Cobb County, Georgia are looking for the gunman

Golfer killed because he saw gunman in truck with two bodies inside

Law enforcement on scene at the country club investigating the fatal shooting on Saturday

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