Three teenagers who were dressed in black and wore masks and gloves broke into a home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in broad daylight.
All three were shot dead by the homeowner’s son.
Investigators haven’t released the names of anyone involved, but say the deceased suspects are between 16 and 18 years old. One of the suspects had a knife and another had brass knuckles.
Deputy Nick Mahoney told Fox25 that the preliminary investigation shows that the three suspects went to the residence with the intent to burglarize the home.
“They were dressed in black, all had masks on, and all had gloves on,” said Mahoney.
Mahoney says the suspects broke in through a glass door in the back of the house. After entering the residence, the suspects encountered the homeowner’s 23-year-old son, who also lives there. The resident was carrying an AR-15.
“There was a short exchange of words and then gunfire happened,” he said.
More, from Tulsa World:
The son, who lives at the residence, told deputies he was sleeping when he was awakened by “loud bangs” coming from the back door. He armed himself with the rifle and opened fire when the intruders came inside and he encountered them in the hallway, he told the deputies. Two of the intruders died in the kitchen, while the third made his way outside and succumbed to his injuries in the driveway.
So far, it appears the shootings were self-defense, but the investigation is in the early stages. Prosecutors could consider the shootings as legitimate under Oklahoma’s “Make My Day” law, which says a resident has the right to use deadly force if an intruder has entered or is in the process of entering the resident’s home, reports Tulsa World.
Deputies say they arrested a fourth person, a 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, who turned herself in after hearing media reports about the incident.
She reportedly told police that she had driven the three burglars to the house and was supposed to have picked them up after the burglary.
Rodriguez was booked into the Wagoner County Jail on three complaints each of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. A person who is committing a felony when a death occurs can be charged with felony murder.
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