ENCINITAS -- Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker John Upton was fatally shot by a neighbor in what appears to be some type of property dispute, authorities said.
Upton's body was found Thursday morning outside his home in the Olivenhain section of this upscale San Diego County community.
“My brother was shot 30 feet from his front door by a guy with a concealed weapon,” Michael Upton told KSWB-TV News. “He was a good brother, a good father, a good humanitarian.
Michael Vilkin, 61, was booked Thursday into county jail on a charge of murder in the death of Upton, 56.
Vilkin reportedly owns a vacant lot next to the Upton family home.
Upton was killed by "an apparent gunshot wound," the sheriff's department said. Vilkin was arrested hours later and is set for arraignment Tuesday.
[Updated 10:51 a.m. March 30: In a jailhouse interview with KGTV-TV, Vilkin said he shot Upton in self-defense. He said the filmmaker, angry that Vilkin was trimming trees on his own property that provided shade and privacy for Upton's property, pulled a gun.]
Upton won an Emmy Award in 1990 for an after-school special on teenage promiscuity. After seeing a segment that same year about Romanian orphans on ABC's "20/20," Upton decided to help publicize the brutal conditions the orphans were living under and bring as many as possible to America.