The family of an Oklahoma burglar killed during his crime on March 27 is blaming the young man who defended his home and family, a local news station reported.
Three teenagers – Jacob Redfearn, Maxwell Wood and Jaykob Cook — broke into a home near Broken Arrow by smashing a glass door. Dressed in black with black ski masks and black gloves and armed with a knife and brass knuckles, they were clearly prepared for violence.
Now, Redfearn’s grandfather wants the world to think that his grandson didn’t deserve the natural consequence of his actions.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” Leroy Schumacher told KTUL in Tulsa. “They knew they could be punished for it, but they did not deserve to die. There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean, he shot all three of them. There was no need for that.”
Ahem. Yes, there was. They broke in, they were armed, and that’s really the end of it.
Along with a woman identified as Elizabeth Rodriguez, the 21-year-old driver of the getaway car who police now say masterminded the burglary, the teens had already been at the house earlier in the day to burglarize a detached apartment. When they returned, the owner and his 23-year-old son were at home.
The teens soon encountered Zach Peters. Armed with an AR-15, he shot all three, then barricaded himself in his bedroom to call 911, according to Fox News. He reported that he shot two of the intruders, apparently unaware that he also hit a third. Deputies found two bodies inside the house and one in the driveway.
Neither Peters nor his father were hurt, according to CNN. Peters spoke with investigators and will likely not be charged.
Schumacher doesn’t think it was a fair fight. “Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life?” he said.
If that thought gives these boys’ families any comfort in their grief, then so be it. But they’re wrong. No one defending himself, his family or his home should have to guess the intent of an intruder — or be expected to know what weapons he is facing. Zach Peters was not only within the law, he’s a hero.
Rodriguez is now facing triple homicide charges. Oklahoma law allows anyone involved in the commission of a felony to be charged with murder if someone dies.
Finally, Schumacher said something sensible. “You can’t change history, but you can damn sure learn from it, and maybe some kids will learn from this,” he said.
We certainly hope so.
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