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article image12 year-old hides in closet, shoots burglar

By Greta McClain
Oct 23, 2012 in Crime
Calera - When a 12 year-old Oklahoma girl heard a window in her home being broken out by an intruder, she called her mom, grabbed the .40 caliber Glock pistol her mom owned, and hid in a closet.
Kendra St. Clair, a 6th grader from Calera, Okla, was home along when the intruder broke into her home. Hiding in a bathroom closet, she called 911 and waited. According to ABC News, the 911 call went as follows:
Kendra: "I'm at my house. I'm in my closet. And I ran away from (inaudible) someone's trying to get into my house and I do not know who they are."
Dispatcher: "Ok I have a deputy en route, I want you to stay on the phone with me. Ok?"
Kendra: "Ok. Please. I think they are in the house."
Kendra: "Please help me. Please."
Dispatcher: "Alright, alright. I understand. Do you still have your mom's gun there?"
Kendra: "Yes I do. I have it in my hand."
When the door handle on the closet turned, Kendra fired one shot, striking the intruder in the chest.
NY Daily News quotes Kendra as saying:
"I heard the bathroom light turn on that was leading to the closet," she explained. "And when I saw the door handle turn, I shot him."
32-year-old Stacey Jones is accused of breaking into a Calera  OK home.
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32-year-old Stacey Jones is accused of breaking into a Calera, OK home.
The alleged intruder has been identified as 32 year-old Stacey Jones. Jones was struck in the shoulder according to police and then ran from the home. Officers located him a few blocks away and arrested him on first degree burglary charges. Jones was treated for the gunshot wound at a Plano, Texas hospital before being booked at the Bryan County jail. His bond has been set at $250,000.
Kendra's mother, Debra, told 7News:
“When she got out of the closet she ran to the officer and squeezed him, and he hugged her back. I think that she did something that most grown-ups wouldn't be able to do in a frightening situation. I think she handled herself amazingly."
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