Three thieves in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma ran head-first into the Second Amendment when they broke into a home and found an armed individual.
The three would-be robbers were all shot dead by the homeowner’s son. He grabbed the family’s AR-15 when he heard them breaking in, and shot them in the home. The Broken Arrow shooting occurred Monday around 12:30 p.m., after the robbers broke through a glass door in the rear of the home. The residents of the home, located just south of Tulsa, were not injured.
According to the Wagoner County sheriff, the son of the homeowner confronted the three robbers inside of the home, which should make the shooting self-defense. All three were shot in the kitchen after being confronted, and an argument broke out. Two of the suspects died in the kitchen, however, a third stumbled out of the house and died in the driveway. The young man is cooperating with authorities. Reports vary as to the young man’s age. Fox News reported his age as 19, but local media said he was 23 years old.
A fourth person involved in the home invasion and Broken Arrow shooting, a woman who was acting as the getaway driver, later surrendered to authorities.
The thieves were between the ages of 16 and 18 years old. In addition, they were armed with a knife and brass knuckles. That did not help them much against an AR-15.
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, Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 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 on complaints of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree burglary.
Deputies responded to the home near 9100 S. Clearview Drive around 12:30 p.m. after a report of a possible home invasion with shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies found three suspects dead and the two residents uninjured.
Deputy Nick Mahoney says the preliminary investigation shows that the three suspects went to the residence with the intent to burglarize the home.
“They were dressed in black, all had masks on, and all had gloves on,” said Mahoney.
“There was a short exchange of words and then gunfire happened,” he said.
A neighbor down the road said the gunshots sounded like a storm.
“Well, I thought it was thunder, I just heard something, I had the doors closed,” said Leon Simmons.
Residents in the neighborhood say they’ve seen an increase in break-ins recently.
“Within the past six months we’ve had two or three burglaries out here,” said Simmons.
Investigators say it’s too early to know if the suspects are connected to any other burglaries in the Tulsa-Wagoner area.
It is good that the family is unharmed, however, these thieves forced a man to shoot them in his home. He must now live with the burden of taking three lives.