The grandfather of one of the three suspects killed during a home invasion on March 27 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is speaking out against the death of his grandson.
According KTUL-TV, Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, said that his grandson’s death was unjustified because the homeowner’s son, identified as Zachary Peters, had too large of an advantage over the three burglars because he was armed with an AR-15.
Schumacher admitted that what the three teens was “stupid” but their death was unwarranted.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” Schumacher said. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.”
“Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life?” he added.
Wagoner County Sheriff’s deputy Nick Mahoney said last week that investigators found a knife on one of the teenagers and brass knuckles on another.
The homeowner’s son was not charged with any crimes because police said he acted in self defense.
Schumacher said that the homeowner’s son went too far and his actions were not legal.
“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” he said.
Besides Redfearn, 19-year old Maxwell Cook and 16-year old Jake Woodruff were killed during the home invasion.
Elizabeth Rodriguez, 21, acted as the getaway driver and was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary.