Prosecutors announce decision on man who killed three burglars with AR-15

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There’s been another victory for the Second Amendment and home defense. An Oklahoma district court ruled Monday that a man who fatally shot three home intruders with an AR-15 acted within the law and will not be charged:

During the investigation [into the shooting], authorities also learned that earlier in the day the group of suspects broke into a detached garage on the same property. They stole liquor and electronics from the garage, then returned to the home around noon and kicked in a door to gain access inside. [Wagoner County Sheriff Chris] Elliott said the three suspects were all wearing masks, hoodies, and gloves and two of them were armed with weapons – a pair of brass knuckles and a knife.

However, as they forced their way into the home, 23-year-old Zachary Peters, who was home alone at the time of the break-in, heard the commotion, grabbed an AR-15, and opened fire on the intruders. Peters placed a call to 911, and deputies arrived on the scene within four minutes.

Sadly, suspects Maxwell Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jaykob Woodruff, 16, were all pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth suspect, 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, was later arrested and charged with burglary, as well as three counts of felony murder as her accomplices were killed during the commission of a felony.

As Elliot pointed out in a press conference, it was the suspects’ poor choices that got them killed:

“Life is about choices. Consider your choices very carefully before you act on them, because if you make a poor choice, you could find yourself in a bad situation. And the facts in this case are very solid. These individuals chose to go to this house, they chose to break into this house, they chose to forcibly enter into the house. And because of those decisions, they lost their life.”

  • George

    Yeah ! 3 less slugs in the world . . . works for me ! ! ! Thanks ! ! !

  • will

    It bothers me that they even considered charges when the door was broken into. Does not matter if its unlocked as long as they were not invited in. Young kid maybe came home from school did not lock the door after him makes no difference. When they entered that home uninvited they were fair game.

  • MAD DOG

    This is the main line of thinking and the main reason for the 2nd amendment, whether the libtards, snowflakes, or democrats like it.

  • Buck

    This is Oklahoma . Don’t break into some ones home. Most folks in Oklahoma have guns. slanddean a day ago
    Good to see you and your wisdom back Buck, hadn’t seen you in awhile. I hope all is well with you and yours. I hadn’t really planned to use a flamethrower to win this war but if that’s what it takes…….

  • M40

    I take serious issue with this story… it’s just SO wrong on the key points.

    I refer you to this passage… “Sadly, suspects Maxwell Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jaykob Woodruff, 16, were all pronounced dead at the scene.”

    My main issue is with the use of the word “sadly”. I saw nothing sad about it. Slightly less of an issue is calling them “suspects”. That’s what the PC crowd call people awaiting trial. I would say these three were stopped, tried, convicted and sentenced… all in the span of a few seconds. It’s nice when the wheels of justice spin so quickly.

  • Traveller62

    Same thing in Texas. Don’t Mess With Texas.

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  • Buck

    I have had one for years . And they are decent little rifles. Had to give up my 1911-A1 for a 9mm. Can’t handle the heavy stuff any more. That what having lung cancer thyroid cancer and kidney cancer do and all the other thinking I got from agent orange in Vietnam. I’m not with out I have what I can use. And a little bit more. Buck 🇺🇸⚔🇺🇸 100% disabled Vietnam veteran Christian Right wing republican lifetime member NRA and friend to Israel

  • Rd Lankes

    Did you ever try a Colt Gold Cup 1911 A1? You might return to .45 caliber.

  • Buck

    No never have. I have a Remungton R-1 and a colt gov made in 1947 . But they are way to much these days in the .45 for me. So I have gone to the S&W m&P compact. In9 mm. With the x grips on full size magazines . I can Handel that . Unless the LORD give me a miracal the light weight equiment is all I can do . I once was a hoss but not any more . Buck 🇺🇸⚔🇺🇸 100% disabled Vietnam veteran Christian Right wing republican lifetime member NRA and friend to Israel