Although the general facts of the case seemed to indicate that this was an open and shut case of self-defense, authorities have officially announced that 23-year-old Zachary Peters will face no charges for shooting and killing three armed teenage robbers with an AR-15.
An Oklahoma prosecutor made the announcement Monday that Peters is in the clear, KOCO reported. The prosecutor also said getaway driver and alleged robbery planner 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, who fled the scene when shots were fired and later turned herself in, has been charged with first-degree murder.
“It is the opinion of this office that Zachary Peters acted justifiably […] when he used deadly force to defend his home,” Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp said. “It was clear he operated completely within the law when he used deadly force.”
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott voiced his support of citizens’ rights to defend their homes.
“We support the right of our citizens, the right to bear arms and to defend their homes,” he said. “In this such case, we feel strongly that’s what took place here.”
The story gained further traction when the grandfather of one of the deceased robbers questioned Peters’ use of deadly force.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of Jacob Redfearn told KTUL. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die. Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, 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,” he added.
The grandfather says that while he does support the Second Amendment, he doesn’t agree with shooting to kill intruders.
“These boys’ families are going to suffer with this the rest of their lives. We have to live with this the rest of our lives,” he said. “You can’t change history, but you can damn sure learn from it, and maybe some kids will learn from this.”