Threats Made Against Pine Co. Homeowner Who Killed Intruder

Posted at: 11/19/2013 9:22 PM
Updated at: 11/20/2013 7:28 AM
By: Jay Kolls

One person is in jail and under investigation for making terroristic threats against the man who shot and killed a suspected burglar at his farmhouse.

Last week, authorities say 75-year-old Charlie Carlson shot and killed 23-year-old Gypsy Watts when Watts attempted to burglarize Carlson's home with a gun.

Now, the Pine County Sheriff says Carlson is the target of death threats from people who knew Watts. Sheriff Robin Cole tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they are already investigating one juvenile who is in jail on an unrelated offense and are waiting to hear if the Pine County Attorney will charge that juvenile with terroristic threats against Mr. Carlson.

Sheriff Cole says several other people, using social media sites, have also made threats to harm Mr. Carlson, and says, "We will hunt those people down and we will charge them with terroristic threats when we find them." Sheriff Cole says posting threats on the Internet has made it easier for investigators to find the perpetrators and gather evidence to possibly arrest them and charge them with terroristic threats.

Sheriff Cole says a 16-year-old, who was with Gypsy Watts the night of the attempted burglary and shooting, has a court hearing this week to determine if he will be tried as an adult.

Sheriff Cole would not get into specifics about the threats against Mr. Carlson, but says they are serious threats and they will investigate each threat thoroughly and "bring people to justice for making those threats."