Grandma fends off would-be robber with gun

Published On: Jun 12 2013 05:30:45 PM EDT
STANTON, Calif. -

A 72-year-old grandmother in Southern California fired at an intruder and barely missed him in a confrontation recorded by a 911 operator.

Jan Cooper of Anaheim said Tuesday that she fired one shot from her .357-magnum revolver early Sunday as a burglar tried to break in through a sliding glass door. Cooper says she has owned guns since she was a teenager and has years of practice at the shooting range with her husband, a World War II veteran.

The suspect was arrested by Orange County sheriff's deputies a short time later.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino says the gun was legal and registered.

In a 911 call, Cooper can be heard firing one shot and then cursing and screaming at the man to go away as deputies arrive.

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