SAGINAW (CBSDFW.COM) – Quick action by a Saginaw couple saved their son from a coyote.

Ricca Coursey said she was loading her two children into the family car when one of them spilled a snack on the ground. The mother went back in the house to get more of the snack when she heard her son screaming.

Coursey ran outside and found her 3-year-old son, Colton, on the ground, face-to-face with a coyote.

“I was very scared, just screaming hysterically. I was just thinking, I was just hoping that he wasn’t hurt bad,” she remembered.

Ricca was able to grab her son and run back in the house. When she told her husband, Jarred, what happened he immediately took action.

“He came back out [and] the coyote was still there,” Ricca said. “He went in and actually got a gun and came back out and shot the animal.”

Jarred said he definitely considered the animal a threat. “The thing that was so alarming was that my wife tried to shoo the coyote away. He never left. He actually walked closer to them.”

Colton apparently doesn’t fully understand what happened. “I mean, I think it just scared him more than anything. Probably our reactions probably scared him more.”

The child had a small scratch, but no bite marks or broken skin.

Of shooting the animal dead Jarred said, “I don’t regret one second what I did. My family was threatened and I just knew something was not right.”

Tests run on the coyote showed the animal did not have rabies. Animal Control believes the coyote was between two and three years old.