Calera, OK (KTEN/CNN) – A 12-year-old Oklahoma girl at home alone shot an intruder who broke into her family’s house.
It happened at a home in Calera, Oklahoma Wednesday morning.
Police say when Kendra St. Clair heard the stranger breaking in, she grabbed a gun and hid in a bathroom closet. She said she fired the gun through the door as the suspect was turning the doorknob.
“I was shaking and I didn’t know what to do,” St. Clair said. “I was kind of hesitant about the whole thing. The whole time I was scared and sad and I was crying. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”
Apparently, it was Stacey Jones who should have been scared.
Despite the fact that this was the first time St. Clair has ever fired a weapon, police say the single shot the youngster fired struck the intruder in the shoulder, causing him to flee.
Police arrested Jones several blocks away. He was transported to a nearby hospital with an injury that was not life threatening.
Despite her fear, St. Clair said she was motivated by stories from across the nation about young girls turning up missing. One of those stories that got national attention was the case of Jessica Ridgeway, who was abducted from Westminster on Oct. and found murdered a week later.
“I see a lot of girls on T.V. that get their house broken into and they turn up missing and just knowing that that could have happened to me,” St. Clair said. “I didn’t want that to happen to me.”
Hearing her daughter’s words in the wake of the break-in made St. Clair’s mother Debra proud.
“I have tried my hardest to raise her to know who she is and to stand up for herself in any situation and I think today she proved that,” Debra said.