March 27, 2017 – Wagoner County, Oklahoma – Three teens are dead and a fourth getaway driver faces three counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary after they broke into the wrong home near Tulsa, OK.
Three teens between 16 and 18 years of age whose names have not been released, donned black clothes, masks, and gloves and broke into the Tulsa home near 9100 S. Clearview drive. Two of the teens were armed; one had a knife, the other brass knuckles. After breaking in through a glass door, they apparently came face-to-face with the homeowner’s 23-year-old son and his loaded AR-15 in what certainly had to be a major pucker factor situation once they realized they’d brought a knife to a gunfight.
Deputy Nick Mahoney reported that there was “a short exchange of words and then gunfire happened.”
A neighbor down the road thought the gunfire was a storm – “Well, I thought it was thunder, I just heard something, I had the doors closed.”
The authorities responded at approximately 12:30 pm to find that two of the suspects had died in the kitchen, and a third had made their way into the driveway before collapsing and breathing their last.
The homeowner’s son willingly went to the police department to give a statement. A fourth suspect who was the getaway driver, 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, turned herself in to authorities. In Oklahoma, any accomplices to a felony crime that results in death can face murder charges, even if they did not kill anyone. So it’s safe to say it certainly sucks to be Ms. Rodriguez.
The situation is being called a self-defense shooting.