‘Brave little girl’ credited by sheriff for cracking case
Rule number one for any child: Never talk to strangers.
But an 11-year-old Lapeer County, Michigan, girl went above and beyond the call of duty, and her heroic actions may have saved her from harm during a home invasion last week by two hardened criminals.
The girl had arrived home from school, but her parents were not yet back from work. She noticed a strange van pull into the driveway of her family’s home in North Branch Township about 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 30 and sprang into action. She did not start by answering the door.
One of the two strangers in the van got out and knocked on all the doors. The girl ran and hid in her bedroom and could hear the man pounding on the doors outside. When there was no response, he forced his way inside the home.
The girl called her parents, who instructed her to get her shotgun out of the safe and hide in the closet in her locked bedroom.
She hid inside the dark closet with her 12-gauge shotgun at her side, according to a Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office investigator. It was a weapon she was well-familiar with as she had used it on many a hunting trip with her father.
The suspect eventually broke into the room and opened the closet door where the girl was hiding, reported MLive.
As the closet door flew open, the girl aimed the shotgun squarely at the suspect, who immediately turned and fled from the home.
The girl was not harmed, and she was praised by the local sheriff’s office for her calmness under pressure.
“She is fully capable of staying there by herself as we can clearly see based on this situation,” Sgt. Jason Parks of the sheriff’s office told MLive. “She was able to defend herself from an intruder and be able to resolve an event even most adults would be taken aback by.
Written by LEO HOHMANN
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