On Monday, three teenagers in Oklahoma picked the wrong house to break into. The three teens dressed in black and wore gloves and masks as they broke into the home, but instead of pulling off a robbery the three teens were shot and killed by the homeowner. A fourth suspect in the robbery, who officials believe was the getaway driver, is now in custody and could face charges of first-degree murder in the three teens deaths.
The homeowner’s son 23, fatally shot and killed the three teens with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. One of the suspects as armed with a knife and the other was wearing brass knuckles, reports CNN.
Deputy Nick Mahoney, of Oklahoma’s Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office, states that so far, a preliminary investigation shows the shooting appears to be a case of self-defense. Mahoney did add that the investigation into the shootings was ongoing.
The shooter spoke with authorities voluntarily and neither he or his dad were harmed in the incident.
The now deceased boys, who broke into the home, were 16, 17 and 19 years old. Elizabeth Rodriguez, 21, is believed to be the getaway driver. She turned herself into the Broken Arrow police not long after the shootings.
Rodriguez was arrested and now faces three counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary. She is currently being held in Oklahoma’s Wagoner County Jail.
Authorities state that Rodriguez walked into the Broken Arrow Police Department and stated that she was involved in the attempted burglary. She could face first-degree murder charges because Oklahoma law states that if a person causes another person’s death during a robbery attempt they can be charged with murder.
The incident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The suspects entered the home by breaking through the back door of the residence. The 23-year-old man, who resided at the residence with his father, encountered the three teens. A short exchange of words took place just seconds before the gunfire.
Two of the suspects were found in the kitchen and the third was found in the driveway. Officials have not released the suspects names. Officials state that the medical examiner is working to confirm their identities.
Mahoney told local media that it did not appear now that the residents of the home knew the intruders. The family of the homeowners stated that their son was saddened that he had to act, which resulted in the loss of three lives, reports FOX 23.
Oklahoma authorities told local media that there is a witness to the incident, but refused to state whether the witness was inside or outside the home. The witness has spoken to authorities and provided them with “some information.”
Oklahoma authorities state that the neighborhood is a low crime rate area, but that there have been a few burglaries over the past six months.
By Tammy Marie Rose
Photo Courtesy Broken Arrow Police