An Oklahoma homeowner’s 23-year-old son shot and killed three would-be burglars with an AR-15 on Monday, according to authorities.
UPDATE 03/29/17 from NBC News Channel 4:
The burglars were identified as 19-year-old Maxwell Cook, 17-year-old Jacob Redfern and 16-year-old Jaykob Woodriff. The driver of the get-away car, Elizabeth Rodriguez, 21, fled the scene after she heard the gunshots. Oklahoma law allows all suspects to be charged with murder if someone dies while committing a felony, so Rodriguez is now facing 3 counts of first-degree murder and 3 counts of first-degree burglary.
Local police have now released the 911 call from the incident.
Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies report said they were called out to the home in Broken Arrow in the middle of the afternoon. When they arrived, the three suspects were found dead – two in the kitchen and one in the driveway.
Tulsa World reports two of the suspects were juveniles.
According to the New York Post, sheriff spokesman Deputy Nick Mahoney said the homeowner’s 23-year-old son shot and killed all three suspects with an AR-15 after they broke into the home through the back door.
“This is very, very unusual for us [in Wagoner County],” Mahoney told the Tulsa World. “It’s not something we’re used to.”
Deputy Mahoney said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was in self-defense, indicating one aspect was wielding a knife and another suspect had brass knuckles. The three were reportedly all wearing black clothing, masks and gloves.
Two of the deceased suspects were 16 or 17 years old, and the third was 18 or 19 years old, according to witnesses.
Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 21, of Oologah turned herself in to authorities after seeing the story on the news. She said she had driven the three suspects to the house with intent of assisting them in the robbery, Tulsa World reports. She was taken to Wagoner County Jail and currently faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
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