California Grandma, 72, shoots at burglar, misses

STANTON, Calif. (AP) — 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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309-a-09-(Jan Cooper, 72-year-old woman who shot at an intruder in her yard, at news conference)-”to be aware”-Jan Cooper says she thinks seniors should be prepared to defend themselves. (11 Jun 2013)

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310-a-11-(Jan Cooper, 72-year-old woman who shot at an intruder in her yard, at news conference)-”will protect myself”-Jan Cooper says she was surprised she was able to fire the gun in self-defense. (11 Jun 2013)

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311-a-10-(Jim Amormino, spokesman, Orange County Sheriff Department, at news conference)-”to get in”-Orange County sheriff spokesman Jim Amormino says Jan Cooper was right to protect herself. (11 Jun 2013)

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312-r-21-(Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper in a 9-1-1 call, reporting an intruder at her house in Anaheim)-”of that dog”-Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper in a 9-1-1 call reporting an intruder at her house in Anaheim. (11 Jun 2013)

<<CUT *312 (06/11/13)>> 00:21 “of that dog”

314-a-09-(Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper, in a 9-1-1 call)-”in my yard”-Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper in a 9-1-1 call after shooting at an intruder. (11 Jun 2013)

<<CUT *314 (06/11/13)>> 00:09 “in my yard”

315-a-10-(Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper yelling at an intruder, in a 9-1-1 call)-”the gun down”-Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper yelling at an intruder while on a call to a 9-1-1 operator. (11 Jun 2013)

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313-r-06-(Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper, in a 9-1-1 call)-”I’m firing (gunshot)”-Sound of 72-year-old Jan Cooper in a 9-1-1 call telling police she shot an intruder in her yard. (11 Jun 2013)

<<CUT *313 (06/11/13)>> 00:06 “I’m firing (gunshot)”

APPHOTO CAANR101: Jan Cooper, 72, talks to the media as her husband Bob, 85, left, and OC Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino listen during a news conference at the Sheriff’s Department station in Stanton on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Jan Cooper showed where the Sheriff’s estimated the bullet traveled, based on the size of the suspect and the damage to her sliding glass door, when she scared off an intruder at her home in unincorporated Anaheim on Sunday, June 9, by firing a shot from her .357 Magnum during the attempted break-in. The bullet went through the frame of her sliding glass door and just missed the intruder. The suspect, Brandon Alexander Perez, is in custody. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Bersebach) MANDATORY CREDIT THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, LA TIMES, MAGS OUT (11 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NY125: This undated photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff shows Brandon Alexander Perez, the suspect in an attempted home invasion on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the home of Bob and Jan Cooper in Anaheim, Calif. Jan Cooper, a 72-year-old grandmother, shot at — and narrowly missed — Perez, who was allegedly trying to break into her home. She said she was shocked at the attention her action was getting but does not regret defending herself and her husband, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who uses a wheelchair. (AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff) (11 Jun 2013)

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