SANDSTONE, Minn. (TheBlaze/AP) — Sheriff's officials say three people are in custody after a homeowner shot and killed an armed intruder during a home invasion in eastern Minnesota.
Authorities say two men in their 20s entered a house near Sandstone about 2:30 a.m. Thursday with the apparent intent to rob the old homeowner, who KAAL-TV identifies as 75-year-old Charles Carlson.
At least one of the intruders was armed with a handgun.
Following a struggle with one of the intruders, Carlson was able to grab his own gun and shoot the armed suspect, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole. The dead suspect is identified as 23-year-old Gypsy Watts. A second suspect fled.
WDIO-TV reports three persons of interest were arrested Thursday afternoon. Authorities say no other suspects are being sought. Authorities also found a van they believe was involved.
The homeowner was not hurt and is reportedly cooperating with investigators.
Though he is not expected to face legal consequences, the County Attorney's office will determine if the shooting fits the criteria for self-defense.
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