12-Year-Old Oklahoma Girl Shoots Home Intruder

Kendra St. Clair foiled a home invasion by shooting the 32-year-old man who had broken into her home.

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A 12-year-old Oklahoma girl took extreme measures to protect herself when an unfamiliar man broke into her home last Wednesday. The girl, who was home alone during a day off from school, shot and wounded the home intruder, local NBC affiliate KTEN News reports.

Kendra St. Clair, was home by herself when a man rang the doorbell to her Bryan County, Okla., home. She didn’t answer, so the trespasser walked to the back of the house and kicked open a door. St. Clair called her mother, who advised her to grab the family’s gun and hide, according to an interview she gave to local broadcaster KFOR-TV. Authorities said that the girl found the gun and took shelter in a bathroom closet.

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“I was sitting there in the closet, really scared, holding the gun, not knowing what was going to happen,” St. Clair told KFOR-TV.

Bryan County Under Sheriff Ken Golden told KTEN that the intruder worked his way through the house and to the bathroom, and he was turning the doorknob to St. Clair’s closet when she fired through the door.

The girl then called 911 for help.

“She was very brave, she stayed on the phone with the dispatcher the whole time—talked all the way through it and was still on the phone with dispatch when we got into the house,” Golden said to KTEN.

The intruder, who KTEN says has been identified as 32-year-old Stacy Jones of Texarkana, was flown to a hospital in Plano, Texas. Jones survived the shot to his shoulder, and he has been charged with first-degree burglary, according to KOCO TV.

St. Clair has been widely lauded as a hometown hero for her quick actions, KFOR reports.

“When I had the gun, I didn’t think I was actually going to have to shoot somebody,” St. Clair told ABC News. “I think it’s going to change me a whole lot, knowing that I can hold my head up high and nothing can hurt me anymore.”

According to a 2010 survey by the Daily Beast, Oklahoma ranks as the 12th “most armed” state in the nation. The University of Chicago’s General Social Survey found that 35 percent of Americans have lived with a gun in their house in the past decade. Telephone polls from Gallup and other sources have suggested this number may be closer to 42 percent.

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51 comments
LisaHawks
LisaHawks

good for you...you did what you had to do..with bravery and courage

Dave65
Dave65

Now, if the girl was in the position to observe the burglars movements......"when a man rang the doorbell to her Bryan County, Okla., home. She didn’t answer, so the trespasser walked to the back of the house and kicked open a door."..... the she was also obviously in the position to flee out the front door. If I was the parent, I would not want my child confronting any possibly armed individual who is breaking down the back door. I would have told my child to exit the house and run and hide and then I would have called 911.

I know this does not go down well with the gun crowd, but in my opinion this would have been the safest alternative for my child.

DaylyndCampbell
DaylyndCampbell

@Dave65 You never know if there was anyone outside armed and could of fled when the shot was fired

hroberts8
hroberts8

It's a real shame that she did not kill the sub-human.  That's the only way true justice is achieved. Now the sub-human will enter our beyond pathetic criminal injustice system. It will be given a sleazy, morally challenged, criminal defense attorney at our expense, who will whine, lie, and cry on behalf of the sub-human that the sub-human should not be responsible for its own actions. (“But your honor my client should not be held responsible for its own actions because it wee-weed in its pants when it was 9 years old.”) The sub-human will be sentenced to 1/100 the amount of time it should have received by some liberal judge, and will be released early by some idiot parole board, and while in prison it will be taught by other sub-humans how to be a better criminal. Once the sub-human is released the endless cycle of criminal acts against the innocent will begin all over again and will continue until the sub-human is killed by some innocent person with a gun.

ConservRedneck
ConservRedneck

I was raised around guns from an early age. My kids were raised around them from an early age. My youngest daughter learned to shoot at the young age of 9 and my boys 10. One out of 6 had no interest but still knew how to shoot. There is no mystery about the guns because they have been taught.

LeeHansen
LeeHansen

I learned to hunt pheasant and rabbit at 13 with a 12 gauge shot gun. We had guns in our home, and readily available when I was a kid. I have 3 brothers and fishing and hunting trips were things we still remember with our Dad, who passed away last year at 93. Dad was a WWII war hero with a bronze star, campaign ribbons and citations. He fought in the battle of the bulge and carried a B. A. R. or browning automatic rifle. Our freedom was forged by men and women, like him, who fought in the wars, using GUNS!!! Wake up and arm yourself and protect yourself and family! The intruder didn't have a gun and that was a big mistake because this young lady did ,and protected herself, something some of you gutless adults are not willing or capable of!!

lancepharmd
lancepharmd

Question: Why do victims need to call the police?  Answer (for the intellectually challenged): Because the police have guns.  Or you can just use your own gun.

FredFlint
FredFlint

Leaving a loaded gun where an unsupervised 12 year old can get ahold of it is incredibly reckless.  Such a scenario is far, far more likely to result in an accidental shooting than a successful home invasion defense.  In five minutes of online searching, I found dozens and dozens of stories of kids being shot when their parents left unsecured loaded guns in their homes.  This case is a very rare exception, and citing it to oppose stronger gun laws is ridiculous.

ErnestMurphy
ErnestMurphy

Nice gun control. Ya'll come back now, hear?

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subs

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GinnyLeeMoss
GinnyLeeMoss

Yes, this girl was brave! I'm just wondering why the 'mother' didn't immediately call 911 for her?

GinnyLeeMoss
GinnyLeeMoss

@KristaSimmonsChavies The mother made a statement about what she told the girl.  Calling 911 would have been a huge thing to report, had she done so.  Hence, it wasn't reported, and the obvious assumption would be that she didn't.

PS:  This article is more than 2 years old..?????

Johann
Johann

Obama knows that we are defenseless without guns which is why he wants to take our guns.  His take over of America will be easier if we can not defend ourselves against him and the Democrats.  He is the Obamanation in the White House.

NicholasClaypoole
NicholasClaypoole

HEy guess what stops a 32 year old from doing the unthinkable to a 12 yr old girl?  That's Right Mr. Obama a GUN!!!

DonDemarco
DonDemarco

You can certainly tell what side of the fence the author of the article is on. Notice the use of "extreme measures" in the first sentence. I think the girl should be given a medal for her excellent measure of gun control. One shot one hit, way to go girl!

SteveYeomans
SteveYeomans

@DonDemarco I'm not reading it that way at all Don.  As a combat vet with 20+ years in I know that pulling the trigger is the most 'extreme' measure a person can take.  I really don't think the author meant it in a critical way.

I agree with the medal thing though.  For a 12 year old girl to show that kind of control and nerve is most excellent, and really reflects well on the parents.


NedReid
NedReid

Regretfully she didn't wait for him to open the door so she could have shot him in the face. On the other hand, I'll bet he was surprised to find himself with a bullet and a few splinter from turning that doorknob. Burglary? What was he going to steal, toilet paper?

justareader
justareader

Sounds like he was looking for a 12 year old girl. He knew she was home and alone, bad mom. But the gun would have been needed in any event, mom home or not. I am glad the girl was smart and brave to protect herself and her home. 

GWgnr
GWgnr

@justareader Do you know that most child services say 10-12 is when a child can start being left home alone depending on their maturity level.  It sounds to me this girl was mature enough.  Not everyone has the luxury of not having to work, or the money to pay for things outside necessity.

NicholasClaypoole
NicholasClaypoole

Aparently her "bad mom" did something right!!!  She taught her daughter how to defend herself.  Also as G wagner said 10-12 is a perfectly suitable age if ur child is mature and resposible.  Not like the hoods or the stupid kids that run around playing with the gun but the ones who know that people with guns can kill people either by accident or on purpose.  I also hate that this guy took a slug to the shoulder and quit that was it.  I was praying that'd he'd run that get infected and he die.

SteveYeomans
SteveYeomans

@justareader Bad mom my butt!  Unless 'challenged' in some manner a 12 year old should be able to handle being home alone for a few hours.  By the time I was that old I know how to cook, wash dishes and wipe my own b_tt.  Of course that was before the age of being able to blame someone/something else for my errors.  I was expected to act like a young responsible adult and did, my folks didn't much care for excuses.


LHalverson
LHalverson

@SteveYeomans @justareader  You go Steve - mothers that have to work outside the home do not always have the luxury to hire babysitters or pay people to watch their children. My daughter lost her husband to cancer - she is raising 3 girls on her own - makes just over the limit so she doesn't qualify for assistance like "some" people. She is a proud woman and will not take government handouts. If she quit her job she could make a whole lot more money and live an easy life - but we raised our children to be independent and she is a shining example of that. So justareader walk in someone else's shoes before you start profiling the MOM.

HrrcnIslndhrt
HrrcnIslndhrt

She was shooting through a door - kind of hard for anyone to be accurate in that situation.

bullwinkle1976.mb
bullwinkle1976.mb

I  commend this girls  parents for teaching her how to protect herself in a dangerous situation.It's a shame that her aim wasn't a little more accurate.

bibleverse1
bibleverse1

I dont see any problem with dealing with a clear and present danger of unwanted intruder with violence.