A grandmother in southern California can sleep soundly this week knowing that she is not afraid to defend herself. Seventy-two year old Jan Cooper fired shots at a man over the weekend that was attempting to invade the home she shares with her disabled husband.
Cooper was awakened at approximately 12:30 a.m. on June 9. Cooper armed herself with a .357 Magnum before attempting to discover what her Rottweiler was barking at. The woman dialed 9-1-1 as she attempted to locate where the man was entering the house.
Cooper saw that the intruder, later identified as Brandon Perez, was attempting to gain access to the home through a sliding glass door.
“I’m firing!” she told dispatchers, before aiming the gun.
The gunfire was heard by 9-1-1 dispatchers.
“You better send the police,” Cooper told the dispatchers. “I don’t know whether I hit him or not. I’m not sure. He’s standing at my back door.”
On-duty officers were nearby heard the gunshots and responded to the call. Perez, who has previous arrests for burglary and narcotics, was on parole and living nearby. It was after Perez was arrested that it was learned Perez had pleaded with Cooper for his life.
“I’m sorry ma’am,” Perez said. “I’m leaving. Please don’t shoot.”
Perez entered a plea of not-guilty to a charge of burglary and is expect to appear in court again later this month.
Avril Carter is a reporter for Daily News Advisor. She’s worked and interned at Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Avril is based in Arlington and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe oyster addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.