Texas City girl scares burglars away with dad's gun

January 16, 2012 5:29:06 AM PST
Officials said a teen in Texas City was alone when a pair of intruders broke into her family's house, but she turned the tables on the suspects by grabbing her father's handgun.

It happened Saturday afternoon at the 15-year-old's home on Meadowlark.

Texas City police said it wasn't a home invasion. They believe it was a burglary and the goal was to steal the family's truck. But the would-be thieves had a spunky high school freshman standing in their way.

"She says she was in the bathroom showering and when she came out she met two intruders inside her house," neighbor Anthony Campbell said. "She run and got her dad's gun. And when she come out, they saw her with the gun and took off."

Police say one suspect ran into the garage and tried to start her father's pickup. The girl told investigators she followed him in there, pointed the gun at him and he ran away.

The other man ran too, but they were able to ransack the house.

"She was hysterical, crying and stuff," neighbor Raylene Morgan said.

Morgan said the girl is smart and an A student, but the confrontation left her upset.

"[I] went over and embraced her. Gave her a hug," Morgan said.

Fortunately, no one was injured. But police officers don't recommend teenagers confront people who are breaking into their home

"She didn't know how to use the gun. She just pointed it at them," Campbell said.

Police say an inexperienced gun user can easily have a gun wrestled away from them and end up getting shot.

"I feel blessed nothing really happened out of this here," Morgan said.

Police say people should teach their children to find a safe place to hide when an intruder threatens, and to call 9-1-1 immediately and call their parents second.