A Marietta, Georgia, woman last week shot and killed a man she says came into her house and threatened her and her children with a gun.
“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,” Shaquita Green told Channel 2 Action News.
The incident, which Green initially described to police as a home invasion, took place on August 3 around 2:20 a.m. Investigators later discovered that Green allowed Javarian Mitchell inside her home, who subsequently allowed Keandre Funches to enter as well. Green says she knew Mitchell but did not know Funches.
Both men were looking for another person police have not identified but that Green told Channel 2 was her husband. Police believe Mitchell and Funches were pursuing gang-related activity, but they have not disclosed details, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“At some point, Funches threatened the residents with his own hand gun,” said Marietta police Officer Chuck McPhilamy.
Green retreated to the back of her house where she was able to get a handgun of her own. She shot and killed Funches and Mitchell fled, though he was later apprehended.
“I thank God it played out the way it did,” Green said. “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.”
Jasmine Garry, who has lived across the street from the scene of the shooting for about 20 years, told Channel 2 that the event was “shocking” and that it has made her consider purchasing a firearm of her own.
“It’s very alarming because in this neighborhood, nothing really happens,” Garry said. “We’re all family here because most people here have lived on the street their entire lives, so it’s really shocking, to say the least.”
Officer McPhilamy told the Journal-Constitution that Mitchell was “committing a felony when someone was killed,” and as such can be charged with murder himself. He is also facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, and third degree cruelty to children.
According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Funches was a five-time convicted felon who had only recently been released from prison. His extensive criminal history included gang activity and domestic violence. In one incident on Jan. 16, 2015, he attempted to shoot a police officer, but his gun malfunctioned.
Green told Channel 2 that Funches came to her home looking for her husband, but that neither she nor her husband are acquainted with Funches. McPhilamy confirmed that neither spouse has ties to the alleged gang activity.
Green will not face charges in the shooting.