April 7, 2017
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Monday, March 27 shortly before 12:30 p.m. three home invaders were shot and killed. The teenagers were dressed in black and wearing gloves when they broke into the Tulsa, Oklahoma house. The shooter was the 23 year-old son of the home-owner. He used an AR-15 rifle to shoot the perpetrators. Two of the burglars were killed instantly while the other was left bleeding in the driveway before being taken to the hospital where he died.
It has been ruled that the shooting was of self-defense. Oklahoma is one of 24 states which have laws allowing citizens to shoot someone if they believe the person threatens their safety, according to the National Council of State Legislatures. An officer on the case, Deputy Nick Mahoney said the preliminary investigation indicated the shootings were in self-defense and the home-owner should not be charged with anything.
The names of the invaders have not been released yet, but the Wagoner County has put out that two were 17-years-old and one 18-19. In their possession were brass knuckles and a knife. Elizabeth Marie Rodriquez drove them to the Tulsa home. The day following the act, Rodriguez went to the police station where she confessed to being an accessory to the crime. She has now been arrested on three first-degree murder and three first-degree burglary warrants and was jailed without bond. Mahoney later said, “It was determined she had driven these individuals to the house and dropped them off with the intent to burglarize the residence.” He followed this up by saying how unusual this scene was for this small town which has a very low crime rate in comparison with the rest of the country.
The events of this unfortunate March night brought to light for many the topic of a citizen’s ability to defend themselves within their own home and whether or not all states should adopt this law. Many people have a wide variety of opinions on the matter. This relates locally to the Florida “stand your ground law,” which recently caused massive controversy involving a movie theater shooting. Many are debating what constitutes self-defense following these cases.