In a case that has surprised the entire nation since it happened last week; Zachary Peters, a twenty-three year old, shot and killed three home invaders with an AR-15 rifle at his parents’ home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 21, is believed to have planned the robbery and also admitted to being the getaway driver for the burglars. She drove the three boys to the house and waited outside to drive them away. Reportedly, Rodriguez made several deliveries to the house and knew the owner by name.
Even though almost everyone, including law enforcement agencies, unanimously agree that Zachary shot the three teenage boys out of self-defense, the grandfather of one of the suspects is now speaking out. Currently, there are no charges being filed against Peters, who fatally shot and killed Jaycob Woodruff, 16, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and Maxwell Cook, 19.
Police say, Peters shot each of the burglars only once in the chest but that was quite effective at eliminating the threat. Even though one of the burglars crawled over 100 yards outside the house, he succumbed to the gunshot wound on the driveway. Peters insists that he did not intend to kill anyone and only wanted to defend himself and his family.
However, Jacob Redfearn’s grandfather believes Peters actions were a result of rash decision making and he should not have resorted to shooting with an AR-15 rifle.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” Leroy Schumacher said. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die,” he continued.
Comparing his grandchildren and his accomplices’ brass knuckles against an AR-15 rifle, Schumacher was clearly displeased with the way they had been shot and killed.
“Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life?” said Schumacher, “There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that.”
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