On March 27th, 23-year-old Zach Peters made a life-altering decision to protect his family when he shot and killed three burglars with an AR-15 inside his parents’ home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Now, he’s officially cleared of all criminal charges.
The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney found Peters innocent of any wrongdoing after an investigation in which he fired shots at the teenage burglars, killing them almost immediately. The Sheriff’s Office ruled that Peters acted justifiably to use deadly force to defend his home under the Castle Doctrine law.
A fourth suspect, 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, was arrested in connection with the burglary as the getaway driver. She’s being charged with three counts of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. Police say she admitted to planning the burglary.
The grandfather of one of the deceased burglars told KTUL-TV that this was an “unfair” fight.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” Leroy Schumacher said. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.”
He continued. “Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life? There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them — there was no need for that.”