ADMIN: Three thugs break into this house. One has a knife the other two have Brass Knuckles. The home owner has a rifle. Well, moral is "don't bring brass knuckles and a knife to a gun fight". A sad note is the dead guys are between 16 and 18 years old and will never get a chance to live out their lives. That is a risk these kids take when they want to play bad guy and these three played it on the wrong house. Here is the Story.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (KTUL) -- One person is in custody after three suspects in a Wagoner County home invasion were shot to death Monday afternoon by one of the residents.
According to the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, the suspects' getaway driver has been arrested. The 21-year-old woman, Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez turned herself in at the Broken Arrow Police Department hours after the shooting, saying she had information. Wagoner County investigators interviewed her at the police department and subsequently arrested her on complaints of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree burglary.
Investigators haven't released the names of anyone involved but say the deceased suspects are between 16 and 18 years old. Two of the suspects were armed, according to investigators. One with a knife and the other with brass knuckles.
Deputies responded to the home near 9100 S. Clearview Drive around 12:30 p.m. after a report of a possible home invasion with shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies found three suspects dead and the two residents uninjured.
Deputy Nick Mahoney says the preliminary investigation shows that the three suspects went to the residence with the intent to burglarize the home.
"They were dressed in black, all had masks on, and all had gloves on," said Mahoney.
Mahoney says the suspects broke in through a glass door in the back of the house. After entering the residence, the suspects encountered the homeowner's 23-year-old son who also lives there.
"There was a short exchange of words and then gunfire happened," he said.
A neighbor down the road said the gunshots sounded like a storm.
"Well, I thought it was thunder, I just heard something, I had the doors closed," said Leon Simmons.
Two suspects died in the kitchen and a third ran from the home but collapsed and died in the driveway.
Both residents are cooperating with investigators. The homeowner's son volunteered to go to the sheriff's office to give a statement.
"Preliminary investigation, it looks like it was self-defense," said Mahoney.
Residents in the neighborhood say they've seen an increase in break-ins recently.
"Within the past six months we've had two or three burglaries out here," said Simmons.
Investigators say it's too early to know if the suspects are connected to any other burglaries in the Tulsa-Wagoner area.