Getaway driver arrested after 3 suspects are shot to death in Wagoner Co. home invasion
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (KTUL) -- One person is in custody after three suspects in a Wagoner County home invasion were shot to death Monday afternoon by one of the residents.
According to the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, the suspects' getaway driver has been arrested. The 21-year-old woman, Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, turned herself in at the Broken Arrow Police Department hours after the shooting, saying she had information. 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.
Investigators haven't released the names of anyone involved but say the deceased suspects are between 16 and 18 years old. One of the suspects had a knife and another had brass knuckles, according to investigators.
Deputies responded to the home near 9100 S. Clearview Drive around 12:30 p.m. after a report of a possible home invasion with shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies found three suspects dead and the two residents uninjured.
Deputy Nick Mahoney says the preliminary investigation shows that the three suspects went to the residence with the intent to burglarize the home.
"They were dressed in black, all had masks on, and all had gloves on," said Mahoney.
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 23-year-old son, who also lives there. The resident was carrying an AR-15.
"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.
Both residents are cooperating with investigators. The homeowner's son volunteered to go to the sheriff's office to give a statement.
"Preliminary investigation, it looks like it was self-defense," Mahoney said.
Residents in the neighborhood say they've seen an increase in break-ins recently.
"Within the past six months we've had two or three burglaries out here," said Simmons.
Investigators say it's too early to know if the suspects are connected to any other burglaries in the Tulsa-Wagoner area.