Angry, sad, but ready to forgive: Daughter of man shot by security guard seeks justice

Michelle Higgins says she forgives the man police say fatally shot her father on the morning of Wednesday, June 20, 2018, but that won't stop her from seeking justice. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Michelle Higgins admits, her relationship with her father Thomas Stanfield was strained.

She said he didn’t have a permanent address and had struggled with mental health issues for much of his life. However, she says no one deserves to be shot in the back.

“He wasn’t perfect, nobody’s perfect, but he was trying, he was trying to make it in this world, and he got taken out of it in the worst way,” Higgins said.

Higgins said she is also stunned by the number of officer-involved shootings across the country, and although her father was shot by a security guard, she views the death as a shooting at the hands of law enforcement.

She said she thinks the man who police say shot her father, Timothy Lutes, was too eager to use his gun.

“He didn’t think, he reacted," she said. "This world is so full of hate and anger. We need to change that."

Despite what happened to her father, Higgins said she forgive Lutes, but says she will be keeping a close eye on the court proceedings to make sure her father gets justice.

“I’m going to be in every court hearing and I’m going to stick up for my father,” she said.


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