Three teen burglars were shot to death in a home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the homeowner’s son was woken up by the intrusion and he grabbed his AR-15 and defended his home. Despite being an obvious stand-your-ground case, there is an ongoing investigation, due to the robbers’ young ages.
A fourth suspect turned herself in. She was supposed to drive the getaway car. The group was suspected in a few connected neighborhood burglaries.
Wagoner County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Mahoney told CNN: “Preliminary investigation looks like it’s self-defense. There was a short exchange of words, then gunfire happened.”
The Daily Mail reports:
Mahoney added: ‘This may be a case of “stand-your-ground”, however, it’s still too early to say for sure, and we’re still looking into all aspects of this.’
The shooter cooperated with authorities and gave a formal statement at the sheriff’s office.
A 21-year-old woman, Elizabeth Rodriguez, suspected of being the getaway driver, turned herself in after the shooting.
She has been arrested on charges of first degree murder, because the three deaths occurred while a felony was being committed.
She also faces three charges of burglary.
It follows a number of burglaries in the neighborhood, NewsOn6 reports.
Leon Simmons said his home was broken into a few months ago, and added: ‘We’ve noticed a lot more people driving slow through the neighborhood, more than one at a time.’
A statement from the sheriff’s office said: ‘Upon making entry to the home one of the residents fired a rifle striking all three of the suspects.’