More details have come to light in the burglary in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that left three high school drop-outs dead. At the time, we covered it in “OK Homeowner With AR-15 Shoots, Kills Three Home Invaders: Defensive Gun Use of the Day“. Thankfully, the homeowner’s son who fired the shots won’t be charged. However, the getaway driver, Elizabeth Rodriguez, will face a bevy of charges, including first degree murder.
Authorities say the trio had broken into the garage of the home earlier. Then, wanting more, they kicked in the back door to the residence. It did not go well for them.
They entered, awakening the homeowner’s son who armed himself with an AR-15 and, after an exchange of words, shot the three. One dropped DRT (dead right there). Another crawled to a bedroom as he bled out. The third made it outside where the getaway driver left him to die on the cold concrete driveway.
Police believe the getaway driver Elizabeth Rodriguez drove off as her compatriot bled out. She didn’t call 9-1-1 to ask for medical assistance for her friends. She didn’t help load her wounded friend into the car then rush him to the hospital. Instead, she waited several hours before turning herself in to police after their failed attempt to “hit a lick“.
Young Elizabeth admitted her role in a jailhouse interview. With a smirk on her face, she told KOTV:
“I’m sorry we broke into his house. I’m sorry we scared him or whatever, but I’m not going to be sorry he shot somebody. He could’ve shot them boys in the leg. I understand he was scared, had every right, he has his rights, has his rights, I’m understanding of him. I affected his life, I’m sorry, but am I compassionate for him? He’s on the bottom of my list to be compassionate for,” Rodriguez said.
“He could’ve shot them boys in the leg.” Well now. If “them boys” had been in school where they belonged, they wouldn’t have been shot at all, now would they?
In another jailhouse interview, she said that they all agreed “if there were guns, it was every man for themselves.” True to her word, she drove off “every man for themselves” leaving her compatriot behind in the driveway.
Friday evening saw a candlelight vigil to “honor” the three dead high school drop outs formerly majoring in burglary. When someone claimed one of the teenage participants had a gun, participants scattered like roaches in the light.
OWASSO — A candlelight vigil for three teenagers who were fatally shot during a break-in at a Wagoner County home earlier this week was interrupted by reports of a gun at the gathering.
About 150 people attended the ceremony, which began at 8 p.m. behind the Owasso YMCA, 8300 N. Owasso Expressway, to remember Maxwell Cook, 18, Jacob Redfearn, also 18, and Jaykob Woodruff, 15.
Friends of the teenagers gathered to share memories of the three Friday. The vigil had been going on about an hour when the attendees, mostly teenagers themselves, began screaming and running from the pavilion where people were congregated after an attendee began shouting about a gun.
The grandfather of one of the deceased hoodlums added his simple-minded analysis to the media as well. KTUL interviewed the man.
The grandfather of Jacob Redfearn believes shooting and killing the 17-year-old and his friends was not needed.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” said Leroy Schumacher.
Schumacher agrees his grandson and his friends made a bad decision, but not one worthy of deadly consequences.
“They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die,” said Schumacher.
…“Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” said Schumacher.
“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” said Schumacher.
Of course, grandpa Schumacher conveniently forgets the trio also brought a knife – clearly a deadly weapon. But why let the facts get in the way of a good quote? Three home invaders versus a single resident? If Jacob’s parents had raised him to be a decent person, he wouldn’t be burglarizing peoples’ homes.
Schumacher does say he supports the right to bear arms and protect your home. But he doesn’t agree with shooting and killing intruders.
Keep digging, Mr. Schumacher. Everyday Americans support the right of self-defense, particularly against multiple armed home intruders.