An Oklahoma man defended his home from three burglars who broken into the Broken Arrow, OK home after 12:30 PM on March 27th. The man, 23 year old Zach Peters, used an AR-15 to shoot the armed burglars. All three intruders were killed, and preliminary investigation shows Peters acted in self-defense under Oklahoma’s Stand Your Ground law.
The Wagoner County American Tribune reports:
Since the initial report, more information has come to light. The culprits had originally burglarized the home earlier in the day, stealing alcohol from an detached garage apartment. The burglars then returned later in the day thinking the home was empty and would make for an easy target. What the three found was far from an a simple B&E.
Wagoner County authorities are investigating a triple homicide in an unincorporated area of Broken Arrow in Wagoner County after a home invasion on Monday, March 27. Sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Nick Mahoney said the homeowner’s adult son shot three male intruders— wearing all black, masks and gloves—with an AR-15 during an apparent home invasion. Mahoney said two of the deceased were juveniles and one was an adult between the ages of 18 and 19.
According to Mahoney, authorities have a 21-year-old female in custody who turned herself in to the Broken Arrow Police Department, claiming “She drove the individuals to the house to burglarize it,” he said. Deputies received a call at about 12:30 p.m. of a shooting at a residence in the 9100 block of Clearview Drive, Mahoney said.
“Upon arrival to the scene, deputies discovered three individuals who were deceased,” he said. “Preliminary investigation indicates these three individuals showed up to this residence with the intent to burglarize it. These three individuals forced entry through a back sliding-glass door,” he added.
Mahoney said upon making entrance into the residence, the intruders encountered the homeowner’s son who opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle [sic], killing all three suspects. Two of the victims died inside the home, while a third made it out to the driveway before collapsing, he said.
Neither the homeowner, who was also home at the time, nor his son were injured during the incident, Mahoney said. He said they both went voluntarily to the sheriff’s office to fill out a statement. Mahoney indicated that the preliminary investigation pointed to self-defense. “This may be a case of ‘stand-your-ground,’ however, it’s still too early to say for sure, and we’re still looking into all aspects of this,” he said.
Mahoney told the American-Tribune that one of the suspects was armed with brass knuckles and one was armed with a knife. “It’s still very early in the investigation, and our investigators have not completed processing the scene yet,” Mahoney said at the scene shortly following the shooting.
The getaway driver, 21 year old Elizabeth Rodriguez, is being charged with the murders under an Oklahoma that allows the DA to pursue charges against those who plan or participate in a crime that results in death. She was romantically involved with one of the slain perpetrators, 19 year old Maxwell Cook. The two others involved in the crime were 16 year old Jake Woodriff and 17 year old Jacob Redfern. Further details have not been released.
Additionally, authorities have released the 911 call Peters made after he used his AR-15 to defend his home against intruders.
To continue listening the rest of the 6 and half minute 911 call, click here.
This story is developing and more information should be available as additional details become clear.