Teen Burglar’s Grandpa: He “Did Not Deserve To Die”, Homeowner Shouldn’t Have Used AR-15


The grandfather of a dead teenage robber criticized an Oklahoma man for using an AR-15 to defend himself against the group of burglars Friday.

Leroy Schumacher, the grandfather, said there was no reason his grandson had to die over the attempted robbery, reports KTUL.

“What these three boys did was stupid,” Schumacher told KTUL. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.”

Jacob Redfearn, his grandson, and two other teens, Maxwell Cook and Jake Woodruff , were fatally shot by Zach Peters when they tried to break into Peters’ home on March 27. Armed with an AR-15, Peters shot all three of the would-be robbers.

Wagoner County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find all three dead teenagers. Police recovered a knife and brass knuckles on the bodies.

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Schumacher said it was unfair for Peters to shoot at the robbers because they only had brass knuckles on them. “Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” Schumacher continued.

Schumacher protested that Peters hasn’t been charged for shooting at his grandson and the other potential burglars. Schumacher believes people have a right to protect their homes, but they shouldn’t kill people who break into them.

“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” Schumacher said. “These boys’ families are going to suffer with this for the rest of their lives. We have to live with this for the rest of our lives”

Deputies said the shooting looks like it was in self-defense, but they will be investigating just to be sure.

“It looks like self-defense from the preliminary investigation, but that’s all speculative,” Wagoner County Deputy Nick Mahoney said. “There’s some speculation as to whether or not that (Stand Your Ground) law applies in this case, the simple answer is I don’t know.”





  • Your degenerate thug grandson broke into HIS home to commit GOD knows what heinous crime! He most certainly deserved to die. Break into my home and you will get exactly the same thing!

    • Precisely my thoughts! His daddy, Michael Lynn Redfearn, is also a worthless piece of trash!

  • When some one, or some people, is/are breaking into your home there is an automatic assumption of hostile threats and death. The fact they had brass knuckles is a clear sign that intended to engage in violence and death is clearly possible. The grandfather is making excuses for his and the other parents failures to properly raise these boys. I wonder how many people have now been saved from these criminals?

  • [grandson didn’t deserve to die]

    Mr. Peters didn’t deserve to have his house invaded.

    If the three teenagers hadn’t invaded that house, they would not have been shot.

    Mr. Peters is the victim. He did exactly the right thing.

  • Michael Lynn Redfearn obviously feels it’s perfectly OK for his son to attempt to break into another person’s home armed with knives and weapons designed to cause great bodily harm with impunity. Wonder where his son learned that rule?

  • SMOKE EM if You Got EM ! The Young Punks Chose the Wrong House, the Homeowner should be invited to the White House and Given a Medal !

  • Had those guys not been burglarizing the home, they’d still be alive. There’s no making excuses for them. And yes, you can kill someone with brass knuckles and knives.

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