A 911 audio tape has caught the moment an alleged intruder realizes that the widow he is terrorizing has shot him. He then immediately apologizes.
Authorities in Phoenix, Arizona, released 911 audio of the May confrontation Wednesday.
"Somebody is trying to get into my house ... and I have a gun in my hands. I'm terrified," the unidentified woman told the dispatcher, her voice trembling.
She hid in the bathroom.
The burglar - identified by authorities as Michael Lewis, 20 - broke down her door.
The woman, alone and afraid, didn't think she had time to wait for police to arrive.
The intruder found the woman's hiding spot, officers said. Screams are heard on the 911 call, followed by a scuffle - and a gunshot.
Lewis' stunned reaction was captured on the 911 call, too.
"Ow! (Expletive) What was that? What was that? What was that? (Expletive) did you do?" he is heard on the audio tape.
"Did you think you could beat me half to death?" she asked.
"I'm sorry. I'm sorry," the intruder responded.
"What did you come in my house for?" she demanded.
The suddenly contrite burglar answered, "I don't know."
Police say the shooting was justified. Lewis has pleaded guilty to burglary and assault charges, with his sentencing scheduled for Sept. 15.
The homeowner says she's thankful that her late husband taught her how to use a gun - a lesson she believes may have saved her life.
Audio Captures the Moment a Widow Shot Intruder