Would-Be Burglar Flees After Grandmother Opens Fire

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ANAHEIM, Calif.  (KTLA) — A 72-year-old woman who opened fire on an alleged would-be burglar outside her home said Tuesday she was terrified, but determined to protect her wheelchair-bound husband.


Jan Cooper, 72

Jan Cooper said she fired one shot from her .357-magnum Smith & Wesson revolver as a man allegedly attempted to break into her home.

She missed, but the shot was enough to scare off the alleged intruder.

Cooper said she first saw the suspect jump over her backyard fence.

He then allegedly tried to break in through her sliding glass door, Cooper said.

Cooper said she had to protect herself and her disabled 86-year-old husband — a World War II veteran — so she loaded her gun and dialed 911.

In the 911 call, Cooper could be heard begging with the dispatcher to send deputies and warning that she was armed.

“I’m firing.” Cooper told the dispatcher as a loud band went off.

“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, 31-year-old Brandon Alexander Perez, was not hit and was arrested a short time later by responding deputies.

Cooper said she had a message for the suspect.

“Mr. Perez, you’re lucky you were able to walk away and not have to be carried away,” Cooper said.

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