(CNN) – A Lavaca County, Texas, grand jury did not return an indictment against a father who killed a man he found allegedly sexually abusing his daughter, officials said Tuesday at a press conference in Hallettsville, Texas.
“The substantial amount of evidence showed that the witness statements and the father’s statement and what the father had observed was in fact what had happened that day,” Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn told reporters.
The father, who will not be charged, is not being named by CNN to protect the identity of his daughter.
The father called 911, and he and his family tried to “save the life” of alleged attacker Jesus Mora Flores “despite what they had just witnessed,” McMinn added.
Authorities said Flores, 47, was an acquaintance of the family, known for his horse-grooming abilities.
According to the Lavaca County Sheriff’s Office, the father and his family were enjoying a barbecue last Saturday at their ranch where they keep horses and chickens.
His 5-year-old daughter had gone off toward the barn, to feed the chickens, the child’s grandfather told CNN affiliates KSAT and KPRC.
Then her father heard screaming and ran. He found a man sexually abusing his daughter, according to Sheriff Micah Harmon.
The father stopped the alleged abuser and then pounded him repeatedly in the head, killing him, authorities said.
On the recorded 911 call, the father can be heard crying, and telling the operator, “I need an ambulance. This guy was raping my daughter and I beat him up. And I don’t know … I don’t know what to do.”
Later in the call, when the operator tells the caller, “I’m working on it if you can hold on,” the emotional father says, “The guy’s dying on me!”
Neither officials nor the family’s attorney, V’Anne Huser, took questions from reporters but Huser said in light of the grand jury’s decision, “in our opinion, today, the story is over.”
The incident occurred outside the town of Shiner, a community between Houston and San Antonio that has about 2,000 people within its city limits and another 1,500 or so on its outskirts, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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