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Girl who shot intruder meets 911 operator.

The CBS affiliate out of Durant, Oklahoma, added more details on November 13 to a story that was previously covered in this column. Twelve-year-old Kendra St. Clair, who made national headlines when she shot a 32-year-old home intruder, had an opportunity to meet the emergency personnel who assisted her on that awful day. The 911 dispatcher was teary eyed as she met with Kendra, and the two shared an emotional embrace before any words were spoken. Durant 911 dispatcher Julie Thompson stayed on the phone with Kendra during the tense moments while the intruder was making his way through the home. The record of the 911 call contained the following exchange:

Kendra St. Clair: "I think they're in the house."

Julie Thompson: "Ok where are you in the house?"

St. Clair: "I'm in the closet."

Thompson: "Did you shoot the gun honey?"

St. Clair: "Yes, Ma'am."

Thompson: "You did?"

St. Clair: "Yes, there's a hole in the closet door."

Thompson: "You shot the gun?"

St. Cf air: "Yes, I did."

Thompson stayed on the phone with Kendra and provided moral support as Kendra struggled with what to do in the terrifying moments. The dispatcher and the law-enforcement officers who responded to the scene disavowed any responsibility for the positive outcome of the day. Instead, they said that it was the calm, level-headed, and brave young girl who deserved all the credit. "Most adults wouldn't have reacted the way she did, and she really inspired a lot of people," Police Lt. Brock Jones said. "You're just kind of speechless when you realize it was a 12-year-old. You feel bad that it kind of happened that way, but just extremely proud of what she did."

Patrolman Buddy Faulkner added that Kendra "was very emotional obviously, but she was very calm in the fact she called 911, she got in a secure location in the closet and then stayed there until she felt she needed to defend herself." As a matter of fact, everyone involved, from the dispatchers to the police to the investigators, agreed that Kendra did everything right that day.

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Kendra's mother, Debra St. Clair, was probably the most proud of her daughter's actions, especially considering that the girl had never fired a weapon before. She said that the gun will go back to where they kept it in case anyone in the home ever needs to use it again.

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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT; Kendra St. Clair & Julie Thompson
Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1U7OK
Date:Dec 24, 2012
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