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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38 comments
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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GinnyLeeMoss
GinnyLeeMoss

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

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!

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. 

HrrcnIslndhrt
HrrcnIslndhrt

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

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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.

LorielleSisson
LorielleSisson

My guess is that she, like I was, grew up around guns and knew how to use it and knows basic gun safety.  Do not judge everyone by the same ruler.

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.


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.


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.

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.

skyburial
skyburial

@HrrcnIslndhrt

if you listen to the 911 call, you will learn that she already knew she did not know this person from when he rang the front doorbell. when she did not let him in, then he went around back to kick in the door. most intruders do not enter bathrooms to rob someone. he was looking for a 12 year old girl. i think she was very accurate. she is alive and not missing like this girl: http://www.durantdemocrat.com/view/full_story/15772368/article-Amber-alert-issued-for-missing-teen?instance=home_news_lead

notice the suspect in this report has the same name as the man she shot, and this took place in the same location. i wonder if it is the same man? 

FredFlint
FredFlint

@LorielleSisson She had never fired a gun before. It was pure luck that this incident turned out OK. Leaving a twelve year old home alone with a loaded gun should be considered criminal child endangerment.

FredFlint
FredFlint

@lancepharmd @FredFlint The police are competent to handle loaded guns. Generally speaking, twelve year olds are not.

LorielleSisson
LorielleSisson

Where does it say she had never fired a gun before?  Or can you just not fathom a 12 year old knowing how to fire a gun.  Thank God she did.  She might have been raped, taken or killed.  How do you know the gun was not in a safe?  How do you know the mother didn't tell her how to get to the gun when they were on the phone.  You are making assumptions based on your anti-gun attitude.  Some of us grew up around guns.  Some of us had responsible parents that educated us in gun safety and gun use.  As for your statistics...just how many of those were children who had been educated in gun safety and how many of them were girls? 

QTheLibertine
QTheLibertine

@FredFlint Criminal child endangerment? Interesting, when I was twelve I had a loaded gun in the closet in my room. It was my gun. To think all that time I was criminally endangering myself. Children are not some lower form of life, they are little people. Capable of all of the good and bad any other person is. They have one purpose. To learn. If you have guns teach them to use them, and what is safe and acceptable and what is not. This young girl is an example of why. "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.”

I for one think that that is a tremendous gift to give a young girl in this world. Far from criminal, or endangerment.

SteveYeomans
SteveYeomans

@FredFlint For you then it would have been better if she had been raped and murdered.  Thanks no, mine have been trained to be able, and willing to defend themselves, not wait for 20 minutes for the cops to show up.

FredFlint
FredFlint

@LoveMyFamily I know exactly what I'm talking about. It is a simple verifiable fact that kids with access to loaded guns are far, far more likely to be involved in accidental shootings than successful examples of self defense. Individual examples of kids who are properly trained to handle guns do nothing to disprove those statistics. Only a relatively small percentage of kids receive such training.

LoveMyFamily
LoveMyFamily

@FredFlint I was 9 when I started shooting competition and was 12 when I went to my first Championship tournament. 14 at my first US National Championship (where I did very well I might add) and have had a successful military career since, got out, double majored in College and am now a very successful person. You sir, should not make comments on things you do not understand.


QTheLibertine
QTheLibertine

@FredFlint Your premise is based on the assumption that a twelve year old is not capable of learning how to use a weapon safely. I would say the story above is evidence to the contrary. I would also say that I got my first gun when I was twelve. Even though it was a semi-automatic that held 50 rounds. I never killed anyone with it.

SteveYeomans
SteveYeomans

@FredFlint Perhaps where you're from.  Around here it is nothing unusual to see boys and girls out hunting on their own at 12.  While it's not exactly legal it is common.  Most kids are trained to handle weapons, and are trained not to shoot someone because they are wearing different 'colors'.


skyburial
skyburial

@TheOutspokenRed @skyburial @HrrcnIslndhrt 

I wanted an update on the case to see if he was charged/convicted. I simply google his name and found it mentioned in the article regarding the other girl who he allegedly kidnapped, perhaps. 

skyburial
skyburial

@NicholasClaypoole 

this is the link where you hear her tell the 911 operator that she does not know the person. additionally, the first part of the video indicates a location map...notice both counties...bryan and durant are close together. that said, i actually tuned in just now to the end of the news report where they actually mention the other case. funny. who knows what else this man has done. no one gets caught the first time. this 12 year old could be a bigger hero than most of us are aware.