11-Year-Old Girl Uses Shotgun to Defend Home from Burglar

An 11-year-old was able to use her parents’ shotgun to scare off a suspect breaking into her home last Friday. The suspect, later taken into custody by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department, knocked on all the doors of the home before forcing his way inside since there was no response.

Meanwhile, the girl, who was home alone, locked herself in a bedroom closet with the shotgun. When the suspect forced his way into the closet and saw the girl pointing the shotgun straight for him, he fled the home, leaving the girl unharmed.

“Her father is an avid hunter, she is familiar with weapons and inside that closet is where the gun case is,” Detective sergeant Jason Parks told KFOR.

Police responded to a 911 call from the home around 3:45 p.m. on January 30. According to MichiganLive, officers located the suspect’s car only 30 minutes later in nearby Imlay City, with help from the Almont Police Department, Michigan State Police and Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputies.

KFOR reports:

James Wasson, 53, of Detroit, and Rhonda Steward, 31, of Detroit, are in custody at the Lapeer County Jail. They are charged with first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion, and burglary tool possession.

Wasson is also charged with receiving and concealing stolen property valued between $1,000 and $20,000, felon in possession of a firearm and firearm with commission of a felony.

Detectives say the two have hit 25 to 50 homes since December.