Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested

(Wagoner County Sheriff's Office via AP) Wagoner county and Broken Arrow law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a failed robbery that led to the death of three men who broke into the house in Broken Arrow, Okla., Monday, March 27, 2017.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Monday, police say the three suspects, dressed in black and wearing masks and gloves, broke into the house through a back door. The intruders were identified as ranging in age from 18 to 16 years old.

Two of the three suspects were killed in the house's kitchen, while the other managed to crawl about 100 yards before succumbing to his gunshot wound in the driveway.

The resident, whose name has not been made public, said he was asleep just after noon when he heard two loud bangs, which was later determined to be the glass in the back door being broken.

Peters told dispatchers he was not hurt and that he shot them with an AR-15.

Deputy Nick Mahoney, of Oklahoma's Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, states that so far, a preliminary investigation shows the shooting appears to be a case of self-defense.

At this point, police have no evidence that the three dead teens were responsible for other break-in's, but it is still an ongoing investigation.

"Upon making entry to the home one of the residents fired a rifle striking all three of the suspects", the sheriff's office statement said. They were shot several times after exchanging words with Peters.

A blue tarp covered a body lying dead in the driveway, and inside the home there were two more.

The trio's suspected getaway driver, Elizabeth Rodriguez, 21, has been charged with three counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

Officials say a fourth suspect will likely face charges related to the incident. She turned herself into the Broken Arrow police not long after the shootings.

Elizabeth Rodriguez was arrested on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary, Chief Deputy Les Young said.

No bond has been set.

According to the Tulsa World, Rodriguez told authorities she planned the burglary of the home and dropped off the three teens and waited outside while they entered the home.

  • Larry Hoffman