With her help, police eventually charged two suspects in connection with the crime

By Tara Fowler
Updated February 03, 2015 03:45 PM
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An 11-year-old girl used her own shot gun – normally reserved for hunting trips with her dad – to scare off a home invader in Michigan on Friday, police say.

The girl, who has not been identified, was home alone when a car pulled into her driveway, according to a news release posted on the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department‘s Facebook page.

An individual got out and knocked on the house’s doors before proceeding to break into the home. The 11-year-old locked herself in the bathroom and hid in a closet with her gun.

When the suspect found her, the girl pointed her shotgun at him and he fled the scene. Police eventually tracked down the vehicle used in the crime and arrested 53-year-old James Wasson and Rhonda Steward, 31, the news release states.

“The 12-gauge shotgun is her weapon,” Lapeer County Sheriff Detective Sgt. Jason Parks told Michigan Live. “She and her father are into hunting and avid sportsmen. She was familiar with that weapon.”

He added: “She is fully capable of staying there by herself as we can clearly see based on this situation.

“She was able to defend herself from an intruder and able to resolve an event even most adults would be taken aback by.”

Wasson and Steward were both charged with first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion and burglary tool possession, while Wasson faces additional charges of receiving and concealing stolen property, felon in possession of a firearm and firearm used in commission of a felony, according to the release.

Both suspects remain in custody.