Three armed home invaders, all in their teens, are dead after choosing the wrong home in Oklahoma to rob this afternoon. They were met by the owner of the home’s son who was armed with an AR-15 rifle.
Shortly after the men broke into the home, they were all dead from gunshot wounds from the rifle.
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According to a report by NewsOn6:
The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office said the homeowner and his adult son were in the home when three males wearing masks and gloves tried to break in at about 12:30 p.m. The homeowner’s son shot the intruders with a rifle, deputies said, killing all three.
Deputies say the males were 16, 17 and 18 years old. They said one teen had brass knuckles, one had a knife.
The sheriff’s office said both the homeowner and his son, who’s 23, are cooperating with the investigation and went to the sheriff’s office to give statements to investigators.
A 21 year old woman, who is believed to be the getaway driver in the case, has turned herself in to police. According to a Fox25 report:<
One person is in custody after three suspects in a Wagoner County home invasion were shot to death Monday afternoon by one of the residents.
According to the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects’ getaway driver has been arrested. The 21-year-old woman turned herself in at the Broken Arrow Police Department hours after the shooting, saying she had information. Wagoner County investigators interviewed her at the police department and subsequently arrested her.
The female suspect was later identified as Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez. She is facing charges of burglary and homicide. In Oklahoma, accomplices in a crime can be charged with homicide if anyone is killed during the commission of a crime they are involved in.
It is currently unclear who the owner of the rifle is. The incident certainly appears to be a case of self defense at this time.
The AR-15 rifle, a semi-automatic, magazine fed rifle, most often chambered in 5.56x45mm, is a popular rifle among gun owners in the United States. Owners often cite its versatility for target shooting, self defense, and even hunting. Some gun control advocates would like to see the rifle banned. Some states have regulated the sale and/or ownership of semi-automatic AR-15 style rifles.
Here is the report from the local news on the shooting:
Here are two video reports documenting the incident with a spokesman for the local police department.
This is the follow up to the original press conference: