A 92-year-old Kansas City, Mo., woman used the loaded .22-caliber pistol she keeps under her mattress to chase an intruder from her home.

"I pulled the trigger, but it stuck," Jackie A. White said after the Thursday morning break-in. "I didn't get the shot off until after he got out the door."A few minutes later, less than a block away, footprints in the snow led police to Sammy L. Townsel, 48. He was charged with first-degree burglary and booked into the city jail.

White said nothing was taken from her home.

"I don't know why I was not scared," she said. "I stepped back as I pointed the gun at him because I thought he might come at me, but he just wanted to run."