Good Ending...

Discussion in 'Firearms in the Media' started by johnr1943, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. johnr1943

    johnr1943 New Member

    Calif. woman, 72, shoots at intruder but misses

    June 12, 2013 9:31 AM EDT
    STANTON, Calif. (AP) — A 72-year-old Southern California woman 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.

    Jan 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.

    His rap sheet includes other burglary and narcotics charges. He was on parole and staying at a halfway house not far from the Coopers' address, Amormino said.

    Cooper's gun, which she has owned for about 20 years, was legally purchased and properly registered, he said.

    "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," 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 stunned intruder apologized to Cooper after she fired, she recalled, telling her, "I'm sorry, ma'am. I'm leaving. Please don't shoot." :)
  2. racer_x

    racer_x New Member

    To bad she missed.

    "Im sorry maam Im leaving please dont shoot" should have let the rott at him for a bit first, I hate a thief

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I am proud of this woman. And she owns a mighty fine revolver, too. I think it's funny her husband said, "I've never heard you talk like that." ROFL Too cute.
  4. HankStone

    HankStone New Member

    Seen Moms on Fox News yesterday,I wanted to shake her hand and give her a friendly kiss,I'm glad she missed him for her sake,even being in the right,killing some SB creep never leaves your mind,so all is good for her today thank GOD!!

    To say she was pissed would be an understatement.,
  5. johnr1943

    johnr1943 New Member

    Moral of the story: Don't mess with us old geezers! :D
  6. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

    She cursed while shooting at him. I wonder if this is what she said to him....

  7. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

    I may not have the muscle mass or the endurance of a younger person, but I have decades more practice time at the range.

    So, the lady has a Rottweiler and a .357 S&W. That brings a smile to my face. You tell them granny. We may be older but we're far from helpless!
  8. antikythera

    antikythera New Member

    I would be proud to call this lady my granny =)
  9. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

    Good on the lady.

    Yep, the scum loving political hacks build halfway houses in residential neighborhoods to "acclimate" the inmates and provide them with new victims.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2013
  10. LongBarrelTac

    LongBarrelTac New Member

    And yet another woman fires warning shots to scare perps away and gets 20 years. It's a sick system
  11. spottedpony

    spottedpony New Member

    Forget regestering the gun, but the Rottweiler needs registered. We just hand an incident yesterday where my wife and myself were doing some yard work for my eldery mother. Having flown in from out of state, it simply wasnt worth the hassle to jump through the hoops of flying with a handgun. Her next door neighbors rot. jumped the fence and attacked my wife. while we were fortunate to beat the dog off with no serious injury, what would have happened if it HAD been my elderly (87 years old) mother? Police response, "since we didnt see it happen, theres nothing we can do".
    These d*** dog breeds need to be outlawed.
  12. WonderingMind

    WonderingMind New Member

    Huh? That's the dog owner's liability not the dog. Outlawing dog breeds is just like outlawing firearms, both stupid and useless. If there is a situation where you are in direct fear for life or safety then deal with the situation at hand. Don't demand that moron politicos pass yet more restrictive, freedom crushing laws.
  13. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

    If we can selectively extinct animals, I suggest mosquitos go first.
  14. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

    Followed promptly by Democrats from Chicago!
  15. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

    agree 100% that would be the same as an assault weapons ban
  16. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

    All dogs should be armed!:eek:
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    They are. They have teeth and they know how to use them.
  18. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

    Gator wins hearts and minds with his big tongue and mushy lips! Otherwise his Dad burns down Huts....from 100 Ft. off the Ground @ 150Knots per hr. at 3 am....with just Night Goggles and a map & compass.....

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