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Deadly Oklahoma home invasion: 911 calls released by police

Homeowner's son in Oklahoma claims self-defense against three would-be robbers armed with brass knuckles and knife, suspected getaway driver turns herself into police

 

Officials in Oklahoma have released the 911 call made after three teenage burglars were shot to death during a suspected home invasion, as police continue to investigate whether the homeowner's son acted in self-defense under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

Deputies said Zach Peters shot three teenagers shortly Monday afternoon after they broke through a glass door in the rear of the home just east of the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.

In the 911 call, Peters told the dispatcher he shot three people who'd broken into his house.  

"I've just been broken into. Two men, two I've shot in my house," the 23-year-old says during the call, to which the dispatcher replied, "was one of them shot?"

"Yes, two of them," Peters replied.

When asked by the dispatcher if they were bleeding, Peters replied "Yes. I believe one... one's down, one's still talking here with me now."

He later told the dispatcher he was barricaded in his bedroom and could "hear one of them talking."

"You're barricaded in your, in your bedroom? OK," the dispatcher is heard saying.

"Correct. Southeast corner. They broke in a back door. I can hear one of them talking," Peters said in response.

He later told the dispatcher he had used an AR-15 rifle in the shooting, and that he would leave it unloaded on his bed while barricaded in the room until police arrived.

The three teens killed in the shooting were  identified as 19-year-old Maxwell Cook, 17-year-old Jacob Redfern and 16-year-old Jaykob Woodriff, Fox 25 reported.

A fourth suspect, 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, was arrested Tuesday on arrested on murder and robbery warrants. Investigators said she was the suspects' getaway driver, but fled the scene after shots were fired.

Wagoner County Deputy Nick Mahoney said Tuesday that  Rodriguez, 21 was jailed without bond after going to police and saying she had information about the shooting.

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"It was determined she had driven these individuals to the house and dropped them off with the intent to burglarize the residence," Mahoney said.

Oklahoma law allows a person to be charged with murder if they take part in a crime in which people are killed, even if the person does not take part in the slaying. Oklahoma also 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.

"It looks like self-defense from the preliminary investigation, but that's all speculative," Mahoney said. "There's some speculation as to whether or not that (Stand Your Ground) law applies in this case, the simple answer is I don't know."

Police sometimes make a recommendation to the prosecutor on whether or not to file charges, but Mahoney said he did not know if investigators will do that in this case.

Mahoney said the homeowner was not in the residence at the time of the shooting and that authorities were called to the home by the son shortly after the shooting.

Read more from FOX 25.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.