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Durant girl, 12, talks about shooting home intruder

Kendra St. Clair, 12, said she was just doing what she had to when she shot a home intruder Wednesday in Durant.
BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com Modified: October 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012

“She heard him break into the back door,” St. Clair said. “He knew someone was in there because she was watching TV and had paused it.”

According to the 911 recording, the intruder was inside the house for about six minutes while Kendra was told by the dispatcher to stay on the phone and keep it on speaker.

“The bathroom light switch makes a noise when you turn it on and Kendra heard it,” St. Clair said.

As Kendra saw the door knob turn slowly, she fired the gun, her mother said.

Jones was hit in the chest, Undersheriff Ken Golden said.

Jones ran out of the house and was chased down by Bryan County officers, he said.

He was taken by helicopter to a Plano, Texas, hospital to be treated before he was taken into custody, Golden said.

When the dispatcher told Kendra to lay the gun down after she shot it, she didn't want to because she heard more people in the house, her mother said. The dispatcher assured her the police were there.

“When she got out of the closet she ran to the officer and squeezed him, and he hugged her back,” St. Clair said.

St. Clair said she doesn't know whether the intruder wanted to steal something or was after her daughter.

“I was told by the police that he had been homeless for 10 days and that he might have been looking for food,” she said. “I would hate it if I knew he was watching her.

“I am just first so thankful to God that he was keeping an eye out for her,” St. Clair said.

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