STANTON, Calif. (AP) — 72-year-old Southern California woman, Jan Cooper, who shot at — and narrowly missed — a man trying to break into her home said Tuesday she was shocked at the attention but doesn’t regret defending herself and her husband, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who uses a wheelchair.
Cooper, of Anaheim, fired one shot from her .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver around 12:30 a.m. Sunday as a man attempted to break into her home. In a 911 call, Cooper begged with the dispatcher to send deputies and warned that she had a gun at the ready, as her Rottweiler barked in the background.
Minutes later, a breathless Cooper said the man had come to the back porch and was trying to get in the house through a sliding door. Through the vertical blinds, Cooper saw his silhouette just inches away through the glass as he began to slide open the door.
“I’m firing!” Cooper shouted to the dispatcher as a loud bang went off.
Cooper then cursed at the suspect, shouting at him to “back up.”
“You’d better get the police here. I don’t know whether I hit him or not. I’m not sure. He’s standing at my door, my back door. He’s in my yard,” she said.
The suspect, Brandon Alexander Perez, 31, was not hit and was arrested a short while later by responding deputies, who heard the gunshot, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Perez pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge. The Associated Press was unable to leave an after-hours message for his attorney.