A frantic 911 call paints a picture of the terrifying moments a 79-year-old woman fended off a burglar as he tried to get inside her Georgia home.
It was just after noon on Feb. 12 when the woman called 911 and shot at the 20-year-old suspect twice – while she was still on the phone. She was able to fend him off until deputies arrived to arrest him.
“They’re trying to get in the back door. Hurry. Hurry. Please,” she tells the 911 dispatcher. She thinks, at first, there are two burglars.
The 911 dispatcher asks her where she is in the century-old house.
“I’m in the kitchen,” she answers.
“I’m watching the door that they were trying to get in. Ooh, they’re breaking glass,” she says, her voice beginning to shout.
She shouts at the burglar through the back door: “Okay, come on! I got something for you!”
The 911 dispatcher interjects, not wanting the woman to confront the man: “Ma’am, listen to me.”
Just then, the 911 recording picks up the sound of a gunshot. The woman had fired her pistol in the direction of the burglar outside. He ran to another door and broke in anyway.
For nearly 10 minutes, the woman and her pistol took control of the home invasion while she gave the 911 dispatcher a play-by-play of the 20-year-old man who she said was making a racket ransacking another part of the house.
“I’m waitin’ on ya’, come on!” she shouts from downstairs. “When you come down those stairs I’m gonna blow your damn brains out!”
Still, on the phone with 911, she fires her pistol again, toward the second floor of the house.
“Ma’am, are you shootin’ at him again?” the 911 dispatcher asks.
“Yes, ma’am,” she answers.
The woman was firing in the man’s direction, not trying to hit him, explaining to her daughter later that she just wanted to keep him away from her.
The burglar ended up hiding a closet and stayed there until deputies arrived to arrest him.
“She didn’t allow herself to become a victim,” the woman’s daughter said Tuesday. “My mother’s a very strong woman. I know where I get my strength from, now. As a matter of fact, I think she’s a little stronger.”
The man, who was later arrested and charged, is Hans Rogers. His residence listed in jail records is Dallas, Georgia.
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