A Texas father has beaten to death a man he said he caught sexually assaulting his 4-year-old daughter.
The death occurred June 11 about 3:45 p.m. at a horse barn near Shiner, Texas, about 127 miles west of Houston, said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.
Harmon said the dead man, a 47-year-old from Gonzales, died at the scene. His name has not been released.
Harmon said he doesn’t anticipate arresting the father, because nothing suggests the beating death happened for “any reason other than what he told us.”
The father and daughter were at their barn with several other people to groom and care for horses. The dead man came with some of the other people, but was not well-known to the father and child.
The group later heard the girl screaming behind the barn. Her father ran to see what was wrong and said he saw the man sexually assaulting the child. While pulling the man away from the girl, he hit him several times in the head.
“I don’t think he should be arrested for it. I don’t think any charges should be filed,” one resident told CBS affiliate KENS.
“Everybody’s been talking about the same thing, and they would’ve did the same thing,” another said.
“He got what he well deserved,” another resident said of the dead man.
Editor’s Note: I hesitated to post this story since there is no clear outdoors/firearms/wildlife connection. However, the slant presented in some common media outlets led me to decide it is a story Texas Fish & Game readers would be interested in knowing. –Don Zaidle, Editor-in-Chief