Wagoner County investigators say a resident opened fire on three men during an attempted break-in Monday just outside of Broken Arrow, killing all three suspects.
Three would-be robbers were shot and killed Monday when an Oklahoma homeowner’s son opened fire on them with an AR-15, authorities said.
Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa at around 12:30 p.m. local time. When they arrived, they found the three dead suspects and two uninjured residents.
Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Nick Mahoney said the suspects entered the home through a glass back door with the intent to burglarize it. It was not immediately clear why they picked that home.
Mahoney said the suspects encountered the homeowner’s 19-year-old son, who opened fire after an exchange of words. Two of the suspects died in the home’s kitchen while a third was found in the driveway.
It was not immediately clear whether the suspects were armed, but Mahoney said the preliminary investigation indicated the shootings were in self-defense. The homeowner’s son volunteered to give a statement at the sheriff’s office.
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 adult 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.
This is very, very unusual for us [in Wagoner County],” Mahoney told the Tulsa World. “It’s not something we’re used to.”
H/T Fox News