A Charlotte, NC, woman will not be charged after shooting and killing a man who was threatening to attack her and her grandchildren.
The Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office determined that Sarah Shoe acted in self-defense during an incident that occurred at her business, Sarah’s Pet Spa, last month.
The DA reviewed multiple pieces of evidence to make the decision, including witness testimony, physical evidence, and a 911 call in which the dispatcher asked Shoe whether anyone needed an ambulance.
“I shot him in the face. He’s probably dead,” Shoe responded matter-of-factly.
The altercation began between Shoe and a neighboring business owner over a water bill, according to NBC Charlotte.
The adjacent owner, DeShawn Tatum, visited Shoe’s business and started a fight with Shoe’s boyfriend, Christopher Gray.
Gray told police he asked Tatum to leave the store over a dozen times, but he refused until Shoe pulled out her gun.
Tatum left, but returned about a minute and a half later. Shoe called the police as Tatum stood outside the pet spa yelling and threatening.
“You said he’s back?” the dispatcher asked.
“Yeah, he’s out there screaming. If he comes in I’m shooting him,” Shoe said.
Gray went to the front door to ask Tatum to leave, but he responded by yelling, “I’m the General from Virginia, you don’t know who you just f***** with. I make one phone call and I’ll have an army down here.”
Tatum appears to be a member of a group called the “Yahshua Movement” in which he goes by the name “The General,” according to NBC.
“Is it the same guy that came in the first time?” the dispatcher asked Shoe.
“Yes, it’s the same guy that came in and attacked my boyfriend,” Shoe responded.
Police say Tatum grabbed Gray while he was at the front door and began hitting him in the head. When he began moving towards Shoe and her grandchildren, she pointed her gun at his head.
Tatum reportedly continued walking towards Shoe saying “shoot me.” Shoe complied, fatally shooting him before her could reach her.
There is no reliable data on the number of times each day a firearm is used for self-defense in the United States. Unlike this incident, many are not covered in the news, and the victim frequently never has to fire a shot. Estimates range anywhere from several hundred thousand to 2 million defensive gun uses (DGUs) a year.
But regardless of the exact number, the Second Amendment thankfully gives individuals like Shoe the power to protect themselves, their businesses, and their loved ones if the need arises.