‘It Was Either Him or Me, and I Wasn’t Going’: Ga. Mom Fatally Shoots Intruder Who Threatened Kids

WSB-TV screenshot
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You don’t mess with Mama Bear. And one Cobb County, Ga., mother definitely took things into her own hands when an intruder broke into her house and threatened her kids.


According to WSB-TV, homicide detectives are investigating the deadly home invasion that took place last week. A 911 call came in around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, with a woman reporting that someone had broken into her house and that she had shot and killed the intruder.

The woman, identified as Shaquita Green, said that she didn’t know the man who came into her house in the middle of the night, but she wasn’t having it when the armed man threatened to kill her three children.


“It was either him or me, and I wasn’t going. My kids weren’t going to get hurt and they weren’t going to see me get hurt,” she said.

Green said the man, whom authorities later identified as 27-year-old Keandre Funches, kept asking for her husband, William Green, who wasn’t home at the time. After Funches forced the family back into the house, Shaquita Green was able to reach for her gun, she said.

“That’s when I stepped in front of them and said, ‘You don’t have to do all of that,’” Green said.

When police arrived, Funches was dead at the scene. Police canvassed the area and spoke to the neighbors. Green and her husband, who arrived just minutes after the shooting, were taken away for questioning while other family members took the three children.


“The small children are now in the care of other family members, and as just normal protocol, the female is now at the Police Department being interviewed by our detectives,” Chuck McPhilamy, a Marietta, Ga., police public information officer, told the news station.

In addition, police arrested a second man, Javarian Mitchell, whom authorities say brought Funches to the Green home. Police said that the two suspects came to the home to meet another person who lived there.


Mitchell was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, cruelty to children and felony murder.

Shaquita Green said that her kids were traumatized by the incident but they were OK. She also voiced her disapproval that Marietta investigators questioned her for about 12 hours.


“We both work full time. We’re parents,” Green said of herself and her husband. “So for them to tear up my house and keep my firearm and I’m the victim, I don’t appreciate that. I thank God it played out the way it did. I hate that someone had to lose their life, but he shouldn’t have come and brought his ass in my house, excuse my language.”


Read more at WSB-TV.

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12 hrs of questioning?! That should have been 12 minutes.
“Is this your residence?”
“Did this man threaten you?”
“Do you legally own the firearm?”
“So, you think the Falcons gonna be good this year?”

But I’m sure the NRA will jump in to rip the police for this. /s