Three masked home invaders recently broke into an Oklahoma home, and the homeowner’s son, 23-year-faded Zach Peters, shot and killed the three teenage intruders with his AR-15 rifle.
Peters fired multiple shots last Monday after he confronted the intruders and they began to argue, NBC News reported. Two of the three suspects were armed, one with a knife and another with brass knuckles.
The three teens had broken in through the back door. Police are investigating the incident as an act of self-defense.
A fourth individual was an accomplice. Elizabeth Rodriguez, 21, was the getaway driver. She fled the scene but later surrendered to the Broken Arrow Police Department.
Rodriguez faces charges of three counts of first-degree murder because she was in “commission of felony” and three counts of burglary. Rodriguez was ordered to be held on no bail.
“Upon making entry to the home, one of the residents fired a rifle striking all three of the suspects,” the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“The unidentified suspects were wearing black clothes, masks and gloves. One was armed with a knife and another with brass knuckles. Two of the intruders died in the kitchen, while the other reached the driveway before succumbing to his injuries,” according to the statement.
The investigation is open and the district attorney will ultimately choose whether charges are filed, Wagoner County Deputy Sheriff Nick Mahoney said.
Oklahoma is one of 23 states that allow an individual to consume deadly force to protect themselves.
The stand-your-ground legislation states that in situations like the one Peters faced, “the person has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to conclude so to prevent death or noteworthy bodily harm to himself or herself, or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp called the case “complex” during a press convention, and said a medical examiner is working to identify the bodies of the three teens. Charges will likely be filed against Rodriguez next week.
During the press convention, Thorp also said: “This is a triple homicide. We want to accomplish sure we cross all our t’s and dot our i’s. We need the maximum amount of information before filing charges… Hopefully, as we depart forward, we’ll see whether the facts meet the law.”
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