From KWTV, News 9 Oklahoma:
BRYAN COUNTY, Oklahoma – A 12-year-old girl took matters into her own hands during a home invasion in southeast Oklahoma.
It happened on Wednesday when the girl was home alone. She told police a stranger rang the doorbell, then went around to the back door and kicked it in. She called her mom, Debra St. Clair, who told her to get the family gun, hide in a closet and call 911.
That was when St. Clair dropped what she doing and raced home.
“I drove home at a really fast pace to try to get to her, and when I got here the police were already here. And they had the suspect,” she said.
The during that time, the intruder made his way through the house. St. Clair’s daughter told deputies the man came into the room where she was hiding and began to open up the closet door. That was when the 12-year-old had to make a life-saving decision.
“And what we understand right now, he was turning the doorknob when she fired through the door,” said the Bryan County Undersheriff Ken Golden.
The bullet hit the intruder, who deputies identified as 32-year-old Stacey Jones. He took off but did not get far before officers took him down.
That an old cliché, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away, is a cold hard truism… The next time someone tells we need to ban guns show them this story and remind that Kendra St. Clair is alive and safe with her family today because she had access to a gun and was able to protect herself from someone who would have done her harm.
No innocent person kicks in the back door to a strangers home begins searching for someone or something by accident.