Name Of Sandstone Shooting Subject Released

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who was shot during an alleged home invasion in Sandstone on Wednesday morning.

The deceased suspect has been identified as Gypsy Wayne Watts age 23 of Pine County, DOB 04/11/1990 (see photo below)

Statement from the Sheriff’s Office: “During this ongoing investigation PCSO Investigators and Deputies with the assistance of agents from the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension pursued numerous leads and pieces of information throughout the day that eventually lead to the locating and arresting of a person believed to be the second suspect along with 2 possible accomplices and the recovery of a vehicle believed to be involved in the incident. The arrest of the second suspect was without incident and the identity of this person will be available pending processing into the Pine County Jail.”


  1. Mary 11/15/13 at 10:09am

    The home owner should be commended for his handling of this situation,as well the Pine County sheriffs office.

  2. Mary 11/15/13 at 3:52pm

    The homeowner quite possibly saved his own life . I hope the public rallies behind this homeowner and helps Pine County set a standard….. If you are criminal and your breaking into a home; be prepared for a bullet. As a resident I should not have to live in fear in my own home. Score one for the good guys. Is the sheriff and county attorney going to stand behind firearm ownership, in a public statement.

  3. Bob 11/18/13 at 11:55am

    Well Said Mary, No One should have to feel afraid in their own Home!

  4. pinecountyresident 11/19/13 at 9:23am

    Never ever should a person feel fear in their home! I think the homeowner should get a good citizen award. I can’t imagine what he went through, poor man!

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