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Published November 15, 2013, 11:34 AM

Suspect killed in Minnesota home invasion involved in 2009 GF crime spree

A man responsible for a crime spree in Grand Forks has been shot and killed in Sandstone, Minnesota during an attempted home invasion. 5 years ago, 23-year-old Gypsy Watts robbed a string of local convenience stores -- just part of a long criminal history.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

A man responsible for a crime spree in Grand Forks has been shot and killed in Sandstone, Minnesota during an attempted home invasion. 5 years ago, 23-year-old Gypsy Watts robbed a string of local convenience stores -- just part of a long criminal history.

It was early Thursday morning when authorities responded to a shooting just west of Sandstone, Minnesota. Police say two men broke into the home of 75-year-old Charles Carlson. One of the men had a gun and during a struggle, Carlson was able to grab his own gun and shoot one of the intruders, Gypsy Watts.

"He feels terrible, he feels absolutely terrible. He's an old guy, he's a guy that I know. He's a nice guy and it's a terrible thing to have to do this. And he just feels terrible. And he kinda said that he wasn't going to be killed," said Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole.

Watts died at the scene. He, along with three other suspects in custody, were attempting to steal painkillers from Carlson, who has terminal cancer.

Gypsy Watts has a criminal history that includes Grand Forks.

"Back in the early summer of 2009 we had several convenience store robberies in our jurisdiction," said Lt. Jim Remer with the Grand Forks Police Department.

Two cenex stores and the Big Cigs store were robbed.

Remer: "Gypsy Watts was eventually arrested and charged with four counts of robbery and one count of terrorizing in regards to those robberies. And at the time it was reported that a knife and golf club were used, not in all of the robberies but during the course of the robberies."

Watts recently finished his sentence of four years in prison. Three men remain custody for their role in the Sandstone home invasion. Their names have not been released.

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