A Rutherfordton, North Carolina teenager is said to have been "justified" after she shot and killed her mother's abusive boyfriend as the man was attempting to strangle their mother to death.

On August 8, Steven Kelley, 46, was assaulting his girlfriend, Chandra Nierman, inside their home, which they had recently moved into from Indiana.  He then issued a threat that he was “going to cut Nierman's throat and kill everyone in the house."

That's when the woman's 12-year-old son grabbed a gun and handed it to his 15-year-old sister, who aimed and fired two shots that hit Kelley in the chest, killing him.

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A 16-year-old sister was injured in her leg from bullet fragments, but was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

Nierman suffered "significant bruises and contusions from the assault."

According to a press release from the sheriff's office:

The investigation also revealed that the deceased male had threatened Nierman several times previously, and on Saturday, August 4, 2018 he had assaulted Nierman and fired multiple rounds from a firearm inside the residence to threaten and terrorize Nierman. The investigation further revealed that the deceased male, who had multiple firearms in the house and frequently carried one on his person, was a convicted felon and had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from two different women in Indiana and Ohio, although no domestic violence or assaults had been reported to law enforcement locally prior to the fatal shooting. The deceased male has been positively identified as Steven Kelley, originally from Indiana.

Joint press release of Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office on the shooting at 175...

Posted by Rutherford County Sheriff Office, N.C. on Friday, August 10, 2018

After presenting the case to the District Attorney, it was determined that the shooting was justified.

Well done for this 15-year-old girl!  More than likely, this should have been handled a long time ago.  Nevertheless, she is being hailed as a hero for protecting her mother and siblings.

Kelley is now answering to the Judge of all men.

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