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Mom in shower when her kids start screaming about intruder. She grabs her gun, faces him down, and fatally shoots him when he won't stop advancing.

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A Milwaukee mother said she fatally shot a man who broke into her home Monday morning and that she did so in order to defend herself and her two children, WTMJ-TV reported.

Image source: WTMJ-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

The mother, who asked not to be identified, told WTMJ she was in the shower when she heard her 12- and 14-year-old children screaming from the living room.

She told the station she then raced to her bedroom, grabbed her gun, and ran into the hallway to face down the intruder.

"It all happened so fast — an adrenaline rush," the mother told WTMJ.

She said her two pit bull dogs were attacking the man, and she shot him multiple times because "he wouldn't stop coming," the station reported.

The mother added to WTMJ that the intruder was acting erratically and appeared to be in his late 30s.

Milwaukee police have not identified the man, and they arrested the mother but released her several hours later after questioning, the station said.

Police added to WTMJ that they won't be releasing any more information, and the incident will be referred to the District Attorney's Office.

'She did what any mother would do'

Community activist Bushraa Rahman helped clean up the home after authorities removed the body, the station said, and Rahman backed the mother's actions.

“She was scared because her children were there with her," Rahman told WTMJ. "So, she did what any mother would do. She defended her children."

Bushraa RahmanImage source: WTMJ-TV video screenshot

Rahman added to the station that the shooting "was an act of self-defense. Somebody comes in your house, what do you call it?"

“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 also told WTMJ.

Anything else?

The mother added to the station that her children have been traumatized by the incident, and that they intend to move out once they find a new place to live.

She also told WTMJ she bought the gun 10 years ago after finding a man sleeping under her son’s bed — and hoped she'd never have to use it.

But she told the station making sure her children are protected takes precedence over everything else: "I knew I'd be able to [shoot the intruder] to protect my kids."

(H/T: The Police Tribune)

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