BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Three residential burglary suspects were shot and killed while breaking into a home, and the accused getaway driver was arrested, police officials announced late Monday.
At least two of the suspects breaking into the home were armed with a weapon. One possessed a knife and the other brass knuckles, according to investigators in Broken Arrow.
The suspected getaway driver, 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, (pictured in booking photo) turned herself in hours after the shooting, Fox 25 reported. 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. She was booked in the Wagoner County Jail.
The would-be thieves broke in through a glass door in the back of the house said Wagnoner County Deputy Nick Mahoney. After entering the residence, the suspects encountered the homeowner’s 23-year-old son who also lives there. They had “a short exchange of words” before he shot them with a rifle, Wagoner said.
Some reports indicted the rifle was an AR-15.
The suspects were wearing black clothes, gloves, and masks when they forced their way in, waking up the homeowner’s son, Mahoney added. He said there was no reason to believe the son knew the intruders, reported Fox.
Two of the three died in the kitchen and the third made it out to the driveway before he collapsed, according to investigators.
Mahoney did not name the intruders, but said they were between 16 and 18 years old. He said the shooter appeared to be acting in self-defense, but the investigation is incomplete.
No bond was set for Rodriguez, KOTV reported.
People in the neighborhood had reported more break-ins in recent months. “Within the past six months we’ve had two or three burglaries out here,” neighbor Leon Simmons told Fox 25.
The neighborhood is in an unincorporated part of the county about 20 miles southeast of Tulsa.