3 people in custody after homeowner shoots armed intruder in Pine County

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 5:15 PM

SANDSTONE, Minn. — 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 homeowner, who's in his 60s or 70s. One of the intruders was armed with a handgun.

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole says the homeowner used his own gun to shoot the armed suspect, who died at the scene. 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.

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