Grand Jury To Decide In A Father’s Shooting Death Of Daughter’s Boyfriend
A Harris County grand jury will decide if any charges will be filed against a Texas father accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy in his teenage daughter’s bedroom at 2:30 a.m.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday (March 13) in a quiet subdivision in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. A father was alerted by one of his four children that someone was in the house. When the father went to investigate, he checked his 16-year-old daughter’s room and saw the boy in her bed–who authorities say the girl let into the home.
After the daughter denied knowing the person in her bed, an altercation ensued and the father fired one shot. The teenage boy, identified as Johran McCormick died on the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.
“He does appear to be known to the daughter. He’s not a stranger. We don’t know if the father knew him or not,” said Sgt. Ben Beall with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
No other injuries were reported, but authorities say the unidentified 55-year-old shooter was taken to the hospital following the shooting for symptoms of a panic attack.
The father has not been charged as of now, but the mother of the deceased teenage boy cannot understand why.
“If you take a life, you give your life,” the mom said behind tears. “We’re suffering. Why isn’t he suffering, too?”
She continued: “I would like my baby back, but I know that’s not possible. A call, you know? ‘I’m sorry.’ He didn’t deserve to die like that,” his mother, Zakia McCormick, told a Houston television station.
While the Harris County grand jury will have the final say on whether the father will face charges, prosecutor Warren Diepraam said it is likely that there won’t be any.
“What they found out after the fact isn’t going to matter a whole bunch. They’re looking at what he was thinking when he made the decision to shoot,” he said.
Neighbors of the family have conflicting emotions about the father’s actions in what they describe as a crime-free neighborhood.
“As a mom, I just can’t imagine,” said Letica Field. “I know the dad was trying to protect the family, but he should have let the authorities handle it.”
The family recently moved into the house from a nearby neighborhood.
When the investigation is completed, the findings will be presented to the Harris County Grand Jury for consideration.
Watch the news report below.