A 14-year-old Kentucky girl fired a gun at two suspects who were trying to force their way into her home in an attempt to save her older sisters.

The incident occurred on Aug. 4, while the three girls were alone inside the home in Blaine. Their father was at work and their mother was at the store, WSAZ reported.

Two men allegedly pulled up to the girl’s home in a white sedan and one exited the vehicle and attempted to kick down the doors of the house to get inside.

The girls immediately called police.

When that failed, the man went into the backyard armed with a shovel, and prepared to break a window to enter the home. This prompted an argument to ensue between the suspect and the driver of the sedan.

That’s when the 14-year-old, who was youngest of the three girls, seized the opportunity to retrieve and load a 9mm handgun.

She then fired a shot in their direction, breaking up the argument and sending both suspects fleeing.

“I think she did take some necessary steps to protect herself, although she may have … could have done it a little bit better, considering that she’s 14 years old, she did a good job,” Lawrence County Constable Daniel Castle told WSAZ. “I encourage everyone that can legally carry a firearm, to carry a firearm to protect themselves and their families just in case the need arises.”

The suspects fled the scene just prior to Constable Castle and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Cook’s arrival.

Police spent several hours searching for the men but they were unable to locate them.

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