A mother in Milwaukee, Wis., jumped out of the shower, grabbed her gun and fatally shot a home intruder on Monday after hearing her children screaming in the next room.
The mother, whose identity has not been released, said she was in the shower when she heard her 12 and 14-year-old children screaming in the next room, according to TMJ4 on Wednesday. She immediately jumped out of the shower and, while dripping wet, grabbed her firearm from her bedroom.
The mother then ran to her children and saw her two dogs attacking a home intruder. The suspect was not deterred by the dogs, however, and the mother said he “wouldn’t stop coming,” so she shot him.
“I knew I’d be able to do it [shoot the intruder],” she said. “To protect my kids.”
“It all happened so fast—an adrenaline rush,” she added, noting that the suspect appeared to be in his late 30s. The type of gun that the mother used is unclear.
The mother was arrested immediately after the shooting, but she was released after questioning, Newsweek reported. Authorities said the incident will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office.
KY3 reported that a local community activist Bushraa Rahman, who helped clean up the home after authorities removed the body, said the mother did the right thing.
“She was scared because her children were there with her. So, she did what any mother would do. She defended her children,” Rahman said. “It was an act of self-defense.”
The mother said this is not the first time a home intruder has broken into her residence. About a decade ago, she found a man sleeping under her son’s bed. The incident prompted her to buy the gun, she said.
“In today’s day and age, with mental health and everything else that’s taking place in the world, I mean, you better protect yourself. To be honest, you have to,” Rahman said.
In May, an elderly woman shot and killed a home invader who entered her residence near Orlando, Fla.
Virginia Morrison, 69, said she repeatedly warned the intruder to leave. She also asked who he was and what he wanted, but he never said a word.
“Something wasn’t right with the man,” she said, noting that she had never seen the man before. “He had a blank look on his face.”
“I said, ‘I’m getting my damn gun.’ So I went to my bedroom and got my gun and I went out the back door and I came to the fence and he sees me and he starts toward me,” Morrison continued. “I fired a shot above him, then said, ‘Back off, dude. I’ll shoot you.’ And he kept coming toward me, so I shot him.”