A burglar came in for the shock of his life when he burglarized the house of a 72-year-old grandmother and her disabled World War II veteran husband.
The elderly lady turned Dirty Harry as she defended her home in Orange County, California, and her wheel-chair-bound husband - scaring off the 31-year-old assailant by firing a single shot from her .357magnum revolver as he tried to break through the front door.
A 911 call reveals Jan Cooper screaming 'Back up you son of a b****! Back up! Get the hell out of here!' before firing a round from the mighty handgun. It missed the burglar by just inches.
Cooper told dispatchers she had a short-barrel .357magnum Smith & Wesson revolver like the one pictured here. The weapon is powerful enough to stop bears and deer
The stunned intruder apologized to Mrs Cooper after she fired, she recalled, telling her, 'I'm sorry, ma'am. I'm leaving. Please don't shoot.'
Brandon Alexander Perez, who lives at a halfway house near Mrs Cooper's house, was found cowering in the bushes nearby when police arrived. He was arrested on a single count of burglary.
Perez has a rap sheet that included other burglary and narcotics charges and was on parole, police said.
Cowering: Brandon Perez, 31, the suspected intruder, was found hiding in the bushes
On the 911 tape, Mrs Cooper's Rotweiler can be heard viciously barking in the background. It did not seem to deter Perez, who allegedly kept trying to break down the door in spite of the dog.
'Even though that dog was barking, he still was desperate to get in. So who knows what may have happened if she didn't fire that round,' Orange County sheriff's department spokesman Jim Amormino said.
On Tuesday, Cooper was soft-spoken and composed, with her gray hair pulled back neatly in a hairband and her husband at her side during a news conference at a sheriff's substation.
Cooper said she is amazed by the anger in her voice - and the curse word she let fly - after she fired the shot.
'I am a Christian woman and I'm very proud of it and I don't curse but after I shot, rage took hold and I just blasted away,' she said. 'And, in fact, afterwards my husband said, 'I've never heard you talk like that!'
The grandmother of a 15-year-old grandson said she doesn't regret firing her weapon, although she has considered how she would have reacted if she had hit or killed the man.