A family member of one of three teen thugs who was killed last Monday while trying to burglarize a home in Oklahoma complained later in the week about the way his grandson had been killed.
“What these three boys did was stupid … they knew they could be punished for it, but they did not deserve to die,” Leroy Schumacher, the grandfather of deceased 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, told Tulsa news station KTUL. He was especially critical of homeowner Zach Peters’ choice of weapon — an AR-15.
“Brass knuckles against an AR-15 … come on, who was afraid for their life?” he added, the premise being that it was unfair for the homeowner to fire at the intruders. “There’s got to be a limit to that law. I mean, he shot all three of them. There was no need for that.”
Says who? As noted by WGHP, the three teens broke into Peters’ home in the dead of night by kicking open the kitchen door. And that’s not all.
“They were dressed in black, all had masks on and all had gloves on,” local police Deputy Nick Mahoney told reporters. “There was a short exchange of words and then gunfire happened.”
Is it really reasonable to indict Peters for pulling out a deadly weapon and spraying it on three ominously dressed intruders who broke into his home in the middle of the night? Better yet, does the fact that Peters reportedly lived with his mother and father change things?
The truth is that the man had been scared for his and his parents’ lives — so much so that he reportedly dialed 911 and informed the operator that he had barricaded himself in his room:
And this is why Peters will hopefully not be charged for the three teens’ deaths.
“It looks like self-defense from the preliminary investigation, but that’s all speculative,” Mahoney said, according to the New York Daily News. “There’s some speculation as to whether or not that (Stand Your Ground) law applies in this case. The simple answer is I don’t know.”
Well, we certainly hope the final answer is yes.
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