More Information Comes Out On Sandstone Home Invasion Shooting
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.