Family Of Dead Burglar Complains About Homeowner’s Son Using AR-15

Family Of Dead Burglar Complains About Homeowner’s Son Using AR-15

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By Amber Randall

The grandfather of a dead teenage robber criticized an Oklahoma man for using an AR-15 to defend himself against the group of burglars Friday.

Leroy Schumacher, the grandfather, said there was no reason his grandson had to die over the attempted robbery, reports KTUL.

“What these three boys did was stupid,” Schumacher told KTUL. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.”

Jacob Redfearn, his grandson, and two other teens, Maxwell Cook and Jake Woodruff, were fatally shot by Zach Peters when they broke into Peters’ home on March 27. Armed with an AR-15, Peters shot all three of the would-be robbers. (RELATED:LISTEN: Here’s The 911 Call After Oklahoma Man Blows Away Robbers With AR-15)

Wagoner County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find all three teenagers dead. Police recovered a knife and brass knuckles on the bodies.

Schumacher said it was unfair for Peters to shoot at the robbers because they only had brass knuckles on them. “Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” Schumacher went on.

Schumacher protested that Peters hasn’t been charged for shooting at his grandson and the other potential burglars. Schumacher believes people have a right to protect their homes, but they shouldn’t kill people who break into them.

“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” Schumacher said. “These boys’ families are going to suffer with this for the rest of their lives. We have to live with this for the rest of our lives”

Deputies said the shooting looks like it was in self-defense, but they will be investigating just to be sure.

“It looks like self-defense from the preliminary investigation, but that’s all speculative,” Wagoner County Deputy Nick 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.”

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  • Dolores Carlson

    His grandson should have been taught that actions have consequences, often unexpected ones.

  • Tim

    The poor victims. Will have chalk outlines in their house and bloodstains that will never come out.
    Gramps better hope a few robbers don’t break into his home while he is away and just mom is there. The perps only have knuckles and a knife, right ? That seems to be fair ? smh

  • youngju

    Just another piece of dead trash to be hauled off to the dump. If you don’t want your spawn to be filled full of holes try teaching them to be honest citizens or they will become worm food.

  • Jay Eimer

    Update: Wagoner County DA cleared the home defender under self-defense/castle doctrine.

    And he only fired 3 rounds!

  • KMBRTAC45

    “Will have chalk outlines in their house and bloodstains that will never come out”
    That is a better deterrent than an ADT sign!

  • John Schwab

    When I was younger like these kids( I’m 45 now ) I went into someone’s house I didn’t know and took a couple $5 things. It was a huge thrill. Now I’m a successful business owner and we’ll off. I regret what I did but looking back if the home owner would have shot and killed me for that I could not put the blame on them. You have to own your mistakes. I’m teaching my 3 kids that lesson today.

  • iddee

    You’re right about that, grandpa. Your daughter can live out her life knowing she didn’t teach her son to respect other people’s property enough to stay alive. Now she can understand why kids without decent parents often die before their time. All three sets of parents can be proud of helping with population control. Tell them to enjoy their accomplishment. As for the shooter, I doubt seriously he enjoyed it and maybe he can sue the parents for inflicting serious mental pain and anguish on him.
    He deserves a large settlement.

  • fsilber

    The homeowner had no way to know they didn’t have guns. With three against one, if they’d had guns and he’d waited to see them it might have been too late.

    No, the youths didn’t _deserve_ to die — but neither did the homeowner deserve to be robbed. If they’d not attempted the burglary then no one would have suffered undeservedly. It was their choice ensured that _someone_ would suffer undeservedly, so it’s only fair that if anyone was going to suffer undeservedly it should be them.

    The way to avoid this in the future is for everyone to understand that breaking into someone’s home to steal JUST ISN’T DONE IN THIS COUNTRY.

    Besides, if these were ghetto gang members going into the suburbs to do home invasions we’d certainly want _them_ dead. We cannot expect our society to allow special consideration for burglars merely because they happen to be white. The rule has to be the same for everyone.

  • Agent Michael Scarn

    Grandpa should take a look in the mirror when determining who is at fault. Raise a thug, don’t be shocked when they pay the price. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • youngju

    Never waste ammunition on trash.

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