Three Oklahoma teenagers were killed last week when they broke into a house and were met by a homeowner with an AR15. Now the grandfather of one of the teenagers is speaking out about his grandson’s death.

According to KTUL-TV, Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, believes the death of Redfearn was unjustified because the homeowner’s AR15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars.

Speaking to KTUL, Schumacher acknowledged that breaking into a house was “stupid,” but death was not the appropriate consequence.

“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?” Schumacher said.

The homeowner who pulled the trigger has not been charged with any crimes because police say he acted in self-defense. But Schumacher reinterated his belief that the consequences literally did not fit the crime.

“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 told KTUL.

In addition to Redfearn, 19-year old Maxwell Cook and 16-year old Jake Woodruff were also shot and killed in the home invasion. Getaway driver, 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, was uninjured but later arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary.

Police also say Rodriguez admitted to planning the burglary.

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Rodriguez went to police in Broken Arrow, a Tulsa suburb, and told them she was involved.

Oklahoma state law says that first-degree murder occurs if “any other person takes the life of a human being during … first degree burglary.” Another condition is if a person causes the death of another person with “malice aforethought.”

In the end, Schumacher said he supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms but doesn’t agree with killing home invaders.

“These boys’ families are going to suffer with this the rest of their lives, we have to live with this the rest of our lives,” he said. “You can’t change history, but you can damn sure learn from it, and maybe some kids will learn from this.”

Watch Schumacher’s comments below



  1. As the saying goes all’s fair In love and war.
    If he was not a thief and did not break into some ones house, He would be here today, he got what he deserved., Justice was served.

  2. I agree with previous command. Anybody who breaks and enter in someone else’s house,, has to accept the consequences . If they get shot and killed they asked for it. as the previous gentleman say’s Justice was served.

  3. Unfair fight?!?! Are you kidding me? I would take it a step further and bill the families of those 3 kids for the vost of the bullets… and the cost to cleanup and blood they may have had to cleanup.

  4. I suppose a 12 Gauge Mossberg pump would have been fair. It would have also been fair if the thieving little punk robbers called ahead and made an appointment so the police could be there to keep their thieving asses alive and escort them to jail.

  5. Phuck you Mr. Schumacher. Nothing more terrifying for the average citizen than to have an unknown person (let alone three unknown persons) breaking into your home. At that point, there ain’t no such thing as a fair fight! Personally if I could give the thieving little creeps a chance to leave with their lives, I would. If that chance didn’t exist, or if they refused to leave, I’m gonna fight like the third monkey at Noa’s Ark, and it’s starting to rain!

  6. How was the victim to know if he was going to die or not? He had every right to shoot and eliminate any doubt! It’s too bad the grandfather wasn’t a better role model for his grandson and he would have never been breaking in on innocent people!

  7. It wasn’t fair to the homeowner to have his home broken into by three thugs. Anyone who would be brave enough to break into a home – these boys were old enough to know better – have to take the consequences. The owner was in his own home and had a right to protect it however he chose. How did he know and even you as one of the grandparents whether or not these three guys would have attacked him and take his life so he couldn’t identify them. You are wrong to say he fought with an unfair weapon. Sounds to me like the parents of these boys failed to teach them right from wrong. Most people today are armed to protect themselves in their homes given the world we live in today. No one respects other people’s rights or property. They act like they can do as they please no matter what if it’s their choosing.

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