Sandra Mize, grandmother of 10, told officers she was sleeping Wednesday when she heard someone bust in through her back door. She said she grabbed her .22-caliber handgun and went into her dark living room, catching sight of a man in her kitchen.
She warned the man she was armed, The Spokesman-Review of Spokane reported.
"He just kept coming," Mize said. "I didn't hesitate to shoot."
Mize fired at the man, but missed him. He collapsed onto her sofa until police came, at which point he tried to flee through the backdoor.
Police arrested Sean Denney, 35, and charged him with two counts of burglary, the newspaper reported. He was held on $25,000 bond.
"Having a firearm in your home for personal protection, I guess we got to see the value of that last night," said Police Chief Frank Straub.