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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Renewed calls for justice Tuesday from the father of a woman killed in a confrontation with Border Patrol. 

Valeria Tachiquin was shot by an agent in Chula Vista. Her family says the officer used excessive force -- but so far, no one has been held responsible.

"I wouldn't want my worst enemy to go through it. I wouldn't want any father, husband, son or daughter to lose their loved ones," Valentin Tachiquin said.

Valentin held a news conference Tuesday morning at Alliance San Diego in North Park. His daughter, Valeria Tachiquin Alvarado, was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista in 2012.

The agency says the officer -- who was in plain clothes -- was fearing for his life when he shot through the windshield of Valeria's vehicle multiple times. Authorities say he was serving a warrant when he was hit by the car.

Her father, however, says the shooting was not justified. Valentin has been reaching out to senators and congressmen for help but to no avail. Valentin has served as a Corrections Officer and says there have been no answers from the U.S. Attorney's Office, even two years later.

"I'm for our country to be secure but not for the expense of our own husbands and wives dying. We've been advocating lapel cameras not just for the well being of the community but for the well being of the officers," Valentin said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office recently finished their extensive investigation into the actions of the Border Patrol agent. So far, they have not been available for comment or forthcoming with the results.

The Tachiquins have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Border Patrol agent.
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