Max Cook, Jacob Redfearn, and Jaykob Woodruff, aged between 15 and 19, were killed while they were attempting to burgle a home. The homeowner’s 23-year old son, Zach Peters, shot and killed the three teens. He didn’t intend to kill them. He was protecting his home and his life.
Peters said he woke up to “loud bangs” when the three intruders broke a glass door in the rear of the house. He armed himself with an AR-15 rifle and found them in the hallway. Peters did say they exchanged words, but they must not have been the friendliest words because shots were fired.
The teens were dressed in all black and were wearing masks and gloves. That would cause anyone to be scared for their life. On top of that, they were armed — but only with brass knuckles and knives.
In his 911 call, Peters begs for medical care for those he shot. He had barricaded himself inside his room while making the call. Does this sound like a trigger happy guy to you? To us, it sounds like someone who felt like they had to protect themselves.
And the police seem to agree. Deputy Nick Mahoney told reporters in the “preliminary investigation, it looks like it was self-defense.”
That should be the end of it. These boys did something incredibly stupid, incredibly wrong, and they paid the price. No one is a winner in this situation, but people have the right to defend themselves and that’s what Peters did.
But the families of the boys aren’t accepting that. The grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, Leroy Schumacher, is speaking out against Peters. And what his is saying will have your eyes popping out of your head.
According to KTUL-TV, Schumacher believes the boys’ deaths were unjustified because the homeowner’s AR15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars.
“What these three boys did was stupid. They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.
“Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life?
“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them — there was no need for that.”
Really? You see three guys decked out in all black in your home and you aren’t frightened? We agree, we don’t think the boys deserved to die, but, like we’ve been saying, a person has the right to defend their life. These boys knew that. But they did their crime anyway.
Getaway driver, 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, was uninjured but later arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary.
Police also say Rodriguez admitted to planning the burglary.
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Rodriguez went to police in Broken Arrow, a Tulsa suburb, and told them she was involved.
Oklahoma state law says that first-degree murder occurs if “any other person takes the life of a human being during … first degree burglary.” Another condition is if a person causes the death of another person with “malice aforethought.”
In the end, Schumacher said he supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms but doesn’t agree with killing home invaders.
“These boys’ families are going to suffer with this the rest of their lives, we have to live with this the rest of our lives,” he said. “You can’t change history, but you can damn sure learn from it, and maybe some kids will learn from this.”