A Houston father who fatally shot a teen boy he found hiding in his daughter’s bedroom Thursday morning will likely not face charges, according to a prosecutor.
While a grand jury will review the case, prosecutor Warren Diepraam said it is unlikely that the father will be charged, Fox News reports.
“What was going on in the person’s mind at the time of the shooting, [not] what they found out after the fact” is key, Diepraam said. “They’re looking at what he was thinking when he made the decision to shoot.”
The investigation into the shooting continues as a grand jury eventually decides if charges against the father would be appropriate. The 55-year-old was reportedly awakened around 2:20 a.m. by one of his other children, who told him that someone was in his 16-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
He went to investigate, with a gun in his hand, and found a 17-year-old boy in bed with his daughter. She told her father that she did not know the boy.
As the father told the teen not to move, he reportedly saw the teen reach for something. Police said that’s when the father fired his gun at the unarmed boy. His daughter later confessed that she snuck her boyfriend into the house, the report said.
"We don't know if the father knew him or not,” Sgt. Ben Bell with the Harris County Sheriff's Department, told the station.
Opposing Views reported Thursday that Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constables and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene after someone called 911 around 2:30 a.m.
No other injuries were reported, but the girl’s father was taken to the hospital after feeling sick. He is believed to be suffering from unrelated health problems, KHOU reports.
"As a mom, I just can't imagine," one neighbor told the station. "I know the dad was trying to protect the family, but he should have let the authorities handle it."
The family just moved into the house from a nearby neighborhood.