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October 20, 2012

12-year-old Oklahoma girl shoots intruder in home

DURANT, Okla. — A man authorities said was shot by a 12-year-old girl who was home alone when he allegedly broke into her house has been charged with first-degree burglary.

Stacey Adam Jones, 32, was charged Wednesday. According to the Bryan County Sheriff's Office, Jones entered a home on Michael Avenue and was shot by a 12-year-old girl who was hiding in a closet.

According to an affidavit by Bryan County Sheriff's Investigator John Bates, the girl dialed 911 at 9:32 a.m. and said she was hiding in her mother's closet because someone was trying to break into the house. The girl, who was armed with a .40-caliber Glock pistol, said she heard the intruder kick open the patio doors and that she fired through the closet door as he entered the bathroom.

The intruder then left the home. Law enforcement officers from several agencies responded to the call and according to the affidavit, Durant Police Lt. Brock Jones saw a man, who appeared to be bleeding, running through a field. Jones and Durant Officer Buddy Faulkner detained the man, who was identified as Stacey Adam Jones.

Calera Police Chief Don Hyde also assisted in catching Jones, who told Hyde he had been shot. Jones then pointed to the girl's house and said that he had been homeless for the last 10 days and was hungry.

According to Bryan County Undersheriff Ken Golden, the shooting was justifiable and there were no wrong actions on the girl's part. He said that she armed herself with the Glock pistol after her mother told her to do so over the phone.

"She had been on the phone with her mother, who told her to get the gun, get in a closet and call 911," Golden said.

Jones was flown to the Medical Center of Plano, Texas, where he is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder/back area.

Bates said the gunshot was a "flesh wound" and not life threatening. Jones will be arrested by Plano Police after he is released from the hospital.

Bates said the girl defended herself and did what a person should do if an intruder enters a home because she armed herself, hid and dialed 911. According to Bates, she was still on the phone with the dispatcher when she shot Jones.

"She did everything you would want your kids to do if home alone," Bates said. "She did the right thing. "What else can you ask your child to do?"

The girl was out of school for fall break.

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Information from: Durant Daily Democrat, http://www.durantdemocrat.com/

 

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