SHINER, Texas-- A 23 year old father who killed a man suspected of trying to sexually assault his 5-year-old daughter won't face charges, said Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn.
The announcement was made in a press conference at the Lavaca County Courthouse in Hallettsville, Tuesday afternoon.
"The Lavaca County grand jury has met and has not returned an indictment," replied McMinn.
At the press conference authorities played a chilling 9-1-1 call the frantic father made to an operator asking for help. "I need an ambulance, this guy was raping my daughter and I beat him up, and I don't know what to do, " said the father on the tape.
Investigators said it was back on June 9th the 23-year-old father beat 47-year-old Jesus Flores to death on the family's rural ranch outside of Shiner. The father caught Flores attacking his little girl.
"The substantial amount of evidence showed that the witness statements and the fathers statement and what the father had observed was in fact what had happened that day, " said McMinn.
McMinn went on to say under Texas law deadly force can be used to stop a sexual assault.
Despite beating Flores, the young father was desperate to get him help.
For several minutes the father is on the phone pleading with the dispatcher to find them.
"This has been a traumatic event as you can imagine in their life, " said V'Anne Huser, the attorney representing the father.
Huser addressed the media saying the family wants to put this tragedy behind them.
"There's a 23 year old young man who is a peaceable soul and if you met him you would know that, he's a peaceable soul and he had no intention to kill anybody on that day, " replied Huser.