23-year-old who killed three burglars in self-defense is in total shock: “Are they alright?”

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Zachary Peters, the 23-year-old man who shot dead three teenagers who broke into the home he lives in with his parents, was said to be frightened and in shock that he killed three people.

Peters, of Broken Arrow, Okla., was repeatedly asking officers: “Are they going to be alright…are they alright?”

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According the Daily Mail,  the three teenagers who died were identified as Max Cook, 16, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and Jake Woodruff, 18. Each died from single bullet wounds fired from an AR-15 assault rifle that Peters grabbed when he was awakened by banging in the house.

Police sources told the Daily Mail that Peters was under investigation, but that the case was being treated as one of self-defense. He told the police that he was frightened by the intruders and reacted by grabbing the “family rifle.” After a few words with the intruders, he shot them, although he told police that he had no intention of killing them.

Wagoner County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Mahoney told the DailyMail.com that Zach was “distressed” by the deaths, even though it appears there is a strong case for self-defense.

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Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 21, was the getaway driver and she was arrested on three counts of first degree murder and three counts of first degree burglary. No bond has been set. Rodriguez came to the police after the shooting and told them she was the getaway driver. Court documents cited by News on 6 say she planned the burglary and knew Peters by name.

According to FOX23, in Oklahoma, those suspected of committing a felony that results in a death can face murder charges even if they did not kill anyone.

News on 6 also reported that there have been a number of burglaries recently in the neighborhood. Authorities said it is too early to determine if the three teenagers were responsible for any of those.

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