Homeowner Uses AR-15 to Stop Home Invaders

Homeowner Uses AR-15 to Stop Home Invaders
Responding officers found two dead suspects in the kitchen and a third lying on the driveway outside. photo from guns.comweb photo

On Monday, three masked intruders broke into a Broken Arrow, Oklahama home, with the intent to rob it, by shattering the glass back door around noon, police say.

This story from okcfox.com says the home was occupied by the owner and the owner's 23-year-old son, who was asleep when he heard two loud bangs as the intruders broke in. He grabbed his rifle and moments later confronted the intruders in the hallway, the story says.

Police say there was a brief verbal exchange before he opened fire.

This story from guns.com says police arrived to find two suspects lying dead on the kitchen floor and another lying dead on the driveway outside. None of the suspects' names have been released, but authorities say they ranged in age from 15 to 18.

Police said in the story that a knife and brass knuckles were recovered from the suspects and that it's obvious they were there to commit a burglary. Police added that a preliminary investigation indicates the homeowner acted in self defense.

In the story Deputy Dick Mahoney said of the suspects: "They were dressed in black, all had masks on, and all had gloves on."

Police say the suspect who was found on the driveway collapsed there after being shot inside the house.

A woman identified as 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez is believed to have acted as the getaway driver for the doomed robbers. She turned herself into police several hours after the incident and now faces three first-degree murder charges as well as three counts of first-degree burglary.

Oklahoma law dictates that “a person who is in the commission of a felony when the death of an accomplice occurs can be charged with felony murder.”

The Fox story says both residents are cooperating with investigators and that the son volunteered to go to the sheriff's office to give a statement. There have been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood, but it's unknown if they are connected to this incident.