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CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) - The family of the woman killed by a Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista last week wants answers and now their attorney is speaking with News 8.

The attorney for Munique Tachiquin's family tells News 8 that he is starting the drawn-out process to eventually file a lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol and the agent who fatally shot the mother of five last week.

According to the police investigation so far, that agent was fearing for his life when he shot, but Tachiqhin's family - and their lawyer - contend the shooting was completely unjustified.

The family of 32-year-old Tachiquin, fatally shot last week by a border patrol agent while behind the wheel of her car in Chula Vista, wants answers.

"How come they haven't interviewed the person who committed this act?" said Tachiquin's father.

Earlier this week, Chula Vista police told the family they still had not spoken with that agent who allegedly fired the rounds into Tachiquin's Honda Accord.

In a press conference, though, police did reveal that Tachiquin had been on probation for a misdemeanor drug violation last year.

Police say that - last Friday - plainclothes Border Patrol agents had gone to an apartment in search of a wanted felon who'd previously been deported. Tachiquin, who was inside quickly left and tried to drive away, striking a Border Patrol twice with her car.

That agent, according to police, ended up on the hood of the car and was dragged several hundred yards

But several other witnesses - discounted by the police - say that Tachiquin had been backing up from the agent as he fired - not on the hood of the car, but instead standing in front of it.

Just in: News 8 spoke with Chula Vista police and they say that they have had a chance to interview the agent who fired the shots.

The results of their investigation will be handed over to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which will determine whether the shooting was justified.

Police also say that based on the physical evidence gathered at the scene, that agent was on the car's hood when he fired.

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