Dead criminal’s family complains victim’s AR-15 made the fight unfair


In case you haven’t already heard, a 23-year-old man from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma made headlines this week when he shot and killed three teenage home invaders. The three teens had robbed the garage earlier that day, then returned to try the main house.

They awoke Zach Peters, the homeowner’s son, who grabbed his AR-15 and defended himself against 3 armed and masked intruders. Max Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jake Woodruff, 16, were shot and killed. Cook’s 21-year-old girlfriend, get-away driver, and “robbery mastermind”

Elizabeth Rodriguez was arrested and charged with three counts of both first degree murder and burglary. Her murder charges come from the felony murder rule which charges anyone involved in a felony with murder if a death occurs during or due to the felonious act. Max Cook, Jacob Redfearn, and Jake Woodruff (image source; YouTube screenshot)
Now the family of one of the deceased criminals is complaining. They don’t believe it was fair that Peters was allowed to defend himself with an AR-15 when the criminals were only armed with knives and brass knuckles.

Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of Jacob Redfearn, says his grandson made a bad choice but didn’t deserve to die. “What these three boys did was stupid,” said Leroy Schumacher to ABC News. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.”

Schumacher complains that it wasn’t a fair fight and his grandson didn’t have a chance to defend himself… while breaking into another man’s home and attempting to rob him. “Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” he continued.

Zach Peters has not, and will not be charged with a crime for a justified shooting of three armed intruders and Schumacher is furious. “There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” said Schumacher.

Do you have anything you would like to say to Mr. Schumacher?


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  1. NewAgen45 says

    Mr. Schumacher although we are sorry for your loss. We believe your grandson along with his accomplices were breaking laws classified as felony’s and had every intent to use the deadly weapons they were carrying. This is regardless of them being firearms. Under the “Castle doctrine” the home owner was well within his rights to defend his “castle” and family. With any legal weapon available. You should be blaming the “crime”. Good parents, schools and communities should be teaching “law and order” as this is what makes Americans safe, We are tired of disregard for the law.

  2. Robyn says

    Never bring a knife to a gun fight!

  3. Carrie says

    They had no right to break in and Rob the place, the shooter had no way of knowing what kind of weapons the criminals had or their intentions. I agree with the shooter he has every right to protect himself his family,home and property from criminals that had no right to do what they did.

  4. PMC says

    These three boys choose to be theives and thugs. They paid the price for their actions. People are fed up with the crimes and the no justice doled out by our justice system so we have to take action to protect our lives and property. The parents/grandparents fail these kids by not teaching them respect and honestly so now they will have to live with their failure. Peace and blessings for the young man that was forced to protect himself. He did what he should have.

  5. Casey says

    Break into my house and you will get the same thin but from a colt .45 dead as a door nail! You make the choice to break into someone’s house where they are supposed to feel safe, bring it I feel safe with my colt! Do you!

  6. justin stiver says

    Mr. Schumacher, without the AR Mr. Peters was at the mercy of your grandson and his friends. He could have been beaten and stabbed to death by you grandson and friends. Do not break into another mans home with weapons in your hands and expect to just do what you will. I am sorry these young men made such a monumental mistake and paid with their lives but tell me you wouldnt do the same in such a situation. They took their medicine, we all know right from wrong and in my opinion burglary of a mans home with weapons in hand is a justifiable death.

  7. Gator Girl says

    Mr. Schumacher,

    With all due respect, are you serious? I know you are hurt and angry over the death of your grandson. However, you have no right to blame anyone but your grandson for his poor choice. He and his friends would not be dead had they not been breaking the law. If someone were to break into your home while you were in it, are you going to ask them what weapons they have before defending yourself? Do you think this is the first time they have broken into a home? If it was the first time, and they got away with it, do you honestly believe it would be the ONLY time? They will no longer be a menace to society. While I’m sorry for your loss, the boys brought it upon themselves by making a poor choice. It is unfortunate that the families were unable to teach their children wrong from right. They will have to live with that the rest of their lives – every time they think of the child they laid to rest. “If only I had taught my son to respect others, to not take what he did not work for, to not think it’s okay to break into someone’s home…he would still be here for Easter dinner, for summer vacation, for Christma. He would graduate from high school, get married, have a son of his own, but I failed to raise a successful, respectful member of society.” Put the blame where it belongs. I hope Zach easily makes peace with doing what he had to do to protect himself. Blessings.

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