A 23-year-old Broken Arrow (OK) man who used his AR-15 to kill three masked home invaders with one shot each last week will not face any charges after authorities announced that the shooting was an act of self defense under Oklahoma’s version of castle doctrine.
The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office provided an update into the investigation of last week’s home invasion that left three teens dead in Broken Arrow on Monday at a press conference.
The triple homicide took place on the 9100 block of South Clearview Drive March 27.Wagoner County deputies said at about 12:30 p.m., three masked intruders entered the home, which was occupied by a father and his 23-year-old son, Zach Peters.
Deputies said Peters shot and killed the three intruders with an AR-15.
Peters will not face charges in connection with the shooting, officials said. The Wagoner County District Attorney’s Office ruled that Peters acted justifiably in his use of deadly force to defend the home.
Incredibly, the media is still attempting to claim Oklahoma’s implementation of stand your ground law is how Peters is avoiding prosecution for the deaths of the three suspects.
Here in reality, we know that it is Oklahoma’s long-standing castle doctrine provision that gives homeowners the right to use lethal force against home intruders, or a business owner to defend his or her business from robbers.
Elizabeth Rodriguez, the ringleader of the gang of burglary suspects and the getaway driver who left her three accomplices behind after shots were fired, was formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder and several counts of first and second-degree burglary. Rodriguez, who seems to be as intelligent as your average storm drain, confessed to the burglaries in a television interview last week, which should all but assure her conviction for the burglary charges, and since the murder charges are hinged upon the felony murder rule, a conviction on all three murder counts as well.
Oklahoma allows the execution of convicted first-degree murderers, but prosecutors have not yet announced whether they will seek the death penalty.
Despite being reviled by gun control supporters, AR-15s are excellent home defense weapons, featuring low-recoil, good ammunition capacity, and excellent self-defense performance from standard 55-grain FMJ M193 “ball” ammunition originally designed for the M16A1 assault rifle, but which is now also the cheapest bulk practice ammunition in .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO variants.
The three teenaged burglars killed in the home invasion were each struck just once.