A 12 year old girl defended herself and family home by grabbing the family shotgun and hiding in the closet. Only when no other choice was presented did she shoot the intruder, effectively defending herself.
While the girl was home alont, an intruder rang the front doorbell then went around to the back door and kicked it in. The girl called her mom who told her to grab the shotgun and hide in a closet and call 911.
The girl shot the man when he tried to open the closet she was hiding in.
The intruder fled the scene and was apprehended by police a short time later. He was treated at a local hospital and released to police custody.