More Information Comes Out On Sandstone Home Invasion Shooting

Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 8:06 am

More information came out on last week’s shooting in Sandstone when criminal charges were filed. The Associated Press reports that the homeowner, 75-year old Charles Carlson pretended to be blind and hard of hearing to fool the armed intruder he later shot.

Charles Carlson awoke to noises in his farmhouse early Thursday. He ended up with a gun pointed at his head.

The quick thinking move caused 23-year-old Gypsy Wayne Watts to lowered his gun just long enough for Carlson to grab his own handgun, which was loaded and hidden nearby. Carlson shot Watts twice, and he died at the scene. Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole said that Carlson feared for his life, acted in self defense, and forensics at the scene appear to back Carlson’s account of the event. Cole also confirmed that the deceased did aim his weapon at Mr. Carlson, but then appeared to see the elderly man no threat once he believed him to be deaf and or blind.

Pine County authorities also charged a juvenile accomplice Friday. The charges say the intruders were after drugs and money.

Investigators will forward evidence to prosecutors to see if the shooting qualifies under a Minnesota law that allows a person to use deadly force in his or her home in some circumstances.


  1. Bob 11/18/13 at 11:53am

    They are going to check to see if it qualifies? Really, even if the kid didn’t have a gun, What do you think 2 young kids could do to an Elderly Man? That’s right, They could beat Him to death! People wise up, Nobody belongs in another person House without being invited, especially in the middle of the night. Minnesota better change their law to protect The Homeowner more! Druggies are breaking into Homes during the day when People are Home! You break into a Home that you were not invited into You better be prepared to handle The consequences! However I do feel bad for The kids Family, It wasn’t their fault that they lost a Loved One! So My Prayers do go out to them!

  2. JOHN 11/19/13 at 7:40pm

    I agree with most of what you said except feeling for the family. The kid was no angel and thats usually due to poor parenting. While you feel sorry for the kids family, I feel sorry for the old man that had to take the kids life, I am sure its not easy to deal with killing someone.


    Delinquency Felony (Age 16 and Older)

    Assault-3rd Degree-Substantial Bodily Harm
    Assault-5th Deg-Inflict or Attempt Bodily Harm


    Delinquency Felony (Age 16 and Older)

    Possess Pistol/Assault Weapon-Under 18 yrs Old
    Hunting-Deer Without a License
    Fish and Game – Take big game with illegal firearm or bow
    Hunting-Possess Firearms/Ammo Restricted Deer Zone



    Crim/Traf Mandatory
    Under Court Jurisdiction

    Carry/Possess Pistol w/out Permit – Public Place -

  3. Bob 11/20/13 at 7:16pm

    I don’t know Him or The Family, and I do feel terrible that The guy had to go through this, especially at his age and with his health issue! But I do know that when drugs are involved, He easily could’ve been from a decent Family and Drugs got the best of Him! That being said, Let’s legalize Marijuana, because that doesn’t cause people to do bad things! Drug offenses need to be a tougher crime, no more slap on The wrist!

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