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15-Year-Old Who Learned Gun Safety from Late Father Defends Mother by Shooting, Killing Boyfriend As He Choked Her

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A 15-year-old girl grabbed a gun from her brother late last Wednesday and fired two rounds, striking her mom's boyfriend as he was choking her and screaming threats to kill her siblings. Prosecutors have ruled the shooting justified. Scott Olson/Getty Images

In a matter of two gunshots, a teenage daughter neutralized a convicted maniac who was strangling her mother and saved her siblings from harm.

The 15-year-old girl defended her mom and two siblings minutes past midnight last Wednesday inside their Lakeview Drive home in Forest City, North Carolina, by firing two rounds and striking 46-year-old Steven Kelley twice in the chest, Rutherford County Sheriffs and the District Attorney’s Office confirmed in a release of the incident.

After reviewing the evidence in the homicide, the release goes on, prosecutors cleared the girl and ruled the "shooting justified" and declared that "no charges will be filed."

police-tape-getty A 15-year-old girl grabbed a gun from her brother late last Wednesday and fired two rounds, striking her mom's boyfriend as he was choking her and screaming threats to kill her siblings. Prosecutors have ruled the shooting justified. Scott Olson/Getty Images

A relative told Newsweek that it was thanks to the girl’s father, who imparted to her and her siblings safe gun-handling techniques before losing to a bout of cancer in 2017.

“Her dad, when he was healthy, he taught them the respect for guns and how to use them,” the relative, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “She wasn’t an avid user of guns, but she did enough to feel comfortable.”

The hero didn’t flinch that night.

The mother’s boyfriend, Kelley, was attacking her again. This time, he was choking her and shouting “he was going to cut her throat" and “kill everyone in the house,” the release states.

The mom’s quick-thinking 12-year-old son dashed to grab a gun. Then, the 15-year-old daughter “took the gun from her brother and fired it twice,” felling Kelley, according to the release.

Kelley, who hailed from Indiana, was pronounced dead on arrival as a result of gunshot wounds, the authorities said.

One of the fired rounds grazed the girl’s 16-year-old sister. She was taken to Spartanburg Regional Hospital and released the following day, the release states. The mother was recovering from “significant bruises and contusions” from the near-fatal encounter with Kelley.

The family members, who relocated from Indiana after their father passed away, were trying for a fresh start, the relative said.

While Kelley was known to the mother's family back in Indiana, the relative suspected his behavior would come to this, being that there were numerous domestic threats reported by the mother.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” the relative said.

Indeed, according to an investigation prompted after the incident, Kelley inflicted assaults “several times” against the mother. He even “fired multiple rounds” from a weapon inside her home four days prior in order to “threaten and terrorize” the mother, according to the release.

Beyond the documented domestic incidents with the mother, Kelley's name was recorded in multiple orders of protection filed against him by two different women in the states of Indiana and Ohio.

The relative described the young daughter as a bit of an introvert “who likes to be quiet and on her own.”

“She is not the one you would think would do this,” the relative said.

The shy girl isn't quiet if she is handling a guitar. 

"She's a very talented musician and enjoys playing music and strums on that guitar all the time,” the relative said.

Since becoming aware of the attack against the family, the relative said that the nerves haven’t settled.

“I love her dearly and I’m glad [her father] felt the responsibility to teach her about guns,” the relative added. “It’s basic country values.”

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