News 9 Oklahoma reports,
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. . . .
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.
A popular preparedness blog picked up the story and noted this important lesson:
It’s never too early to learn to defend yourself, and 12-year-old Kendra St. Clair from Durant, Oklahoma did just that when a man broke through her back door during a home invasion.
It also noted some follow-up information. The intruder appears to be a likely repeat-offender:
The man, identified as 32-year-old Stacey Jones, had previously been charged for the abduction of a 17 year old girl last year. According to Ms. St. Clair, Jones first rang the doorbell, and when no one answered, went to the backdoor and attempted to break in.