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72-Year-Old Woman Scares Off Would-Be Robber With .357 Magnum

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A would-be burglar got more than he bargained for when he tried to break into the home of a gun-toting grandma.

Jan Cooper, 72, fired her .357-magnum revolver—and some choice swear words—as a man attempted to break into her home Sunday in an unincorporated area of Anaheim.

Cooper told CBS News she was home with her 86-year-old husband when she heard an intruder at her front door around 12:30 a.m.

The door was locked, so the suspect attempted to enter through a sliding glass door at the back of the house. Cooper called 911 and warned the prowler that she had a gun.

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He ignored her and that's when she opened fire with her .357-magnum revolver, narrowly missing the man.

On the 911 call, she can be heard cursing out the intruder: "Back up you son of a *****. Back up! Get out of here! Get the hell out of here! Get your butt out. Now!"

At a press conference, Cooper said, "I am a Christian woman and proud of it. And I don’t curse. But after I shot, rage took hold. I just blasted away. In fact, my husband said, ‘I’ve never heard you talk like that.'"

She explained, “It was terror. When you’re placed in a situation like that, it’s extremely frightening."

Her husband, a decorated World War II veteran, described Cooper as "a good shot." Authorities say she narrowly missed hitting the suspect, one Brandon Alexander Perez, 31, of Anaheim. He was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary, according to CBS.

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Perez, who is on parole, was recently arrested for another burglary.