HOUSTON — A father didn't have to kill a teenage boy after catching him inside his daughter's bedroom, the boy's family is saying.
"I would like my baby back, but I know that's not possible," said Zakia McCormick. "A call you know, I'm sorry. He didn't deserve to die like that."
Johran McCormick, 17, was shot inside a Spring, Texas-area home Thursday after investigators say the father accused in the shooting woke up to find the teen in his 16-year-old daughter's bedroom.
Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constables were the first to respond after someone called 911 around 2:30 a.m. The Harris County Sheriff's Office also responded to the shooting.
According to detectives, the man's daughter let Johran in the house and sneaked him into her bedroom.
Her younger brother went to say good night and saw two feet sticking out under the bed, detectives said. He then went to get his father.
The father, who has not been identified, walked in and asked questions, but his daughter claimed to not know McCormick. The father then called 911, but an argument ensued with the teenage boy.
The father told deputies that McCormick dropped his hands as if to grab something, so the man opened fire. The teen died at the scene.
No other injuries were reported, but the father was transported to the hospital to be checked out for medical reasons as he complained that he was not feeling well.
Constables said the man appeared to be on several medications. Neighbors of the family were torn over the father's actions.
"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 to the house from a nearby neighborhood.
Charges had not been filed Thursday. When the investigation is completed, the findings will be presented to the Harris County Grand Jury for consideration.