The grandfather of one of three burglars shot and killed in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, as they broke into a home is complaining that it is not fair that the homeowner’s son defended himself with an AR-15 because the burglars only had a knife and brass knuckles. The burglars, who were wearing black and had on masks and gloves, broke into the home through a glass door in the back of the home.
The armed burglars were confronted by the homeowner’s son, words were exchanged, and there was gunfire. 2 of the burglars died in the kitchen, the third ran outside, collapsing in the driveway where he died.
The burglars, 19-year old Maxwell Cook, 17-year old Jacob Redfearn, and 16-year old Jake Woodruff, were assisted by a getaway driver, Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, who later turned herself in, is being charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree burglary.
Redfearn’s grandfather, Leroy Schumacher, lamented:
“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.
Redfearn, 19-year old Maxwell Cook and 16-year old Jake Woodruff were shot by the homeowner’s son while breaking into the Wagoner County house Monday.
Schumacher says his grandson didn’t have a chance. The 17-year old, he says, never got into trouble.
“Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” said Schumacher.
Since the shooting, Wagoner County deputies have arrested 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, the alleged getaway driver.
Schumacher believes she was the ring leader, and investigators say she admitted to planning the whole thing.
The homeowner’s son has not been charged with a crime. Deputies believe he fired in self-defense.
“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.
Schumacher does say he supports the right to bear arms and protect your home. But he doesn’t agree with shooting and killing intruders.
If Mr. Schumacher were on the receiving end of a knife and brass knuckles being carried by three young men wearing all black breaking into his home, I doubt he would be so judgemental. In fact, I am quite sure that he would wish he, too, was armed with an AR-15 to defend himself.