Elderly Wash. woman holds intruder at gunpoint until police arrive

An elderly woman grabbed her gun and held an intruder at bay until police arrived and arrested him, authorities said.

KXLY reports that the grandmother of 10  fired a warning shot and was holding the man at gunpoint in her living room when police arrived at her Spokane home.

“I told him I was armed. He kept coming, so I started backing up,” the homeowner told

The suspect, Sean Denny, 35, tried to run away and fought with officers who subdued him with the help of a police dog.

Denny also is suspected of breaking windows earlier at a nearby business.

Authorities told KXLY the homeowner's actions were appropriate and they presented her with a Spokane Junior Police Badge in recognition of her efforts.

Denny was arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest. He is being held in Spokane County Jail with bail set at $25,000, according to the report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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