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79-year-old grandma holds intruder off at gunpoint in her home

A would-be burglar in Georgia was thwarted by an unlikely hero who wasn't about to become a victim.

JACKSON COUNTY, Ga. (WTHR) - A would-be burglar in Georgia was thwarted by an unlikely hero who wasn't about to become a victim.

A 79-year-old woman was inside her family's farmhouse in Jackson County when she heard someone breaking in. She called 911, then got her pistol, which held at least two rounds.

For nearly 10 minutes, the woman and her gun took control of the home invasion while she gave the 911 dispatcher a play-by-play.

"Okay, come on up in here! I got something for you!" the woman said.

While she was on the phone, the woman was shooting toward 20-year-old Hans Rogers, later telling her daughter to keep him away. Rogers finally hid in a closet until deputies arrived.

"I'm waitin' on ya, come on," the woman said before a gunshot was heard. "Come on! Come on down here!"

"Ma'am, are you shootin' at him again?" the dispatcher asked.

"Yes ma'am," the homeowner replied.

Rogers was later arrested and charged in the crime.

The woman's daughter told reporters later she was proud of her mother's efforts.

"She didn't allow herself to become a victim," said the woman who, like her mother, did not want to be identified. "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. I don't know if I could have handled that situation as well as she did."

She said the suspect may have been lucky he picked her mother's house, knowing the situation could have been worse for the intruder.

"My mother's a very spiritual person and God knows she was not try...'cause if she wanted to hit him, she could have hit him. She just wanted to keep him off of her," she said. "He could have been dead now...you know what I'm saying?"

The mother and daughter say they hope Rogers is now able to get the help that he needs.