In case you haven’t already heard, a 23-year-old man from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma made headlines last year when he shot and killed three teenage home invaders. The three teens had robbed the garage earlier that day, then returned to try the main house. They awoke Zach Peters, the homeowner’s son, who grabbed his AR-15 and defended himself against 3 armed and masked intruders. Max Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jake Woodruff, 16, were shot and killed.
Authorities have announced today that Zach Peters will not face any charges. Elizabeth Rodriguez, the 21-year-old ringleader, getaway driver, and Cook’s girlfriend, has been formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of burglary. Her murder charges come from the felony murder law which charges anyone involved in a felony with murder if a death occurs during the felonious act.
A police investigation has discovered that the four burglars robbed the same house earlier that morning. During the first robbery, they broke into an attached garage through a back door to steal alcohol. A few hours later they returned to try their luck with the main house under the assumption that it was empty. Zach Peters was woken by the sounds of the second robbery, armed himself with an AR-15 rifle, and killed the three masked intruders who were armed with knives and brass knuckles.
In the video below Wagoner County Sheriff Chis Elliot and Assistant DA Jack Thorp update the media on the Broken Arrow home invasion shooting.
Now the family of one of the deceased criminals is complaining. They don’t believe it was fair that Peters was allowed to defend himself with an AR-15 when the criminals were only armed with knives and brass knuckles.
Leroy Schumacher, the grandfather of Jacob Redfearn, says his grandson made a bad choice but didn’t deserve to die. “What these three boys did was stupid,” said Leroy Schumacher to ABC News. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.”
Schumacher complains that it wasn’t a fair fight and his grandson didn’t have a chance to defend himself… while breaking into another man’s home and attempting to rob him. “Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” he continued.
Zach Peters has not, and will not be charged with a crime for a justified shooting of three armed intruders and Schumacher is furious. “There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” said Schumacher.
Do you have anything you would like to say to Mr. Schumacher?