Suspect Arrested After Allegedly Attacking Elderly Man

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS-- A DeFuniak Springs man is facing charges two weeks after he attacked a 74-year-old man, who officials say called him "grandson."

According to Walton County Sheriff's Officials, Justin Paul Carter entered the home of Michael and Margaret Frey on September 19. Carter asked to speak to Margaret alone, but sheriff's deputies say Carter became angry when Michael told him no.

When Margaret went outside to call 911, sheriff's officials say Carter began to attack Michael, hitting him in the face and pounding his head into a cabinet. That's when Michael Frey shot Carter in the mouth with a .38 caliber pistol, believing his life was in danger.

“This is absolutely a justifiable use of force,” Sheriff Adkinson said in a statement, in regards to Michael Frey’s actions. “This is inexcusable behavior toward a 74-year-old man and at WCSO we do not accept this kind of behavior toward our senior citizens.”

Sheriff's deputies arrested Carter Thursday after he was released from the hospital. He's charged with aggravated battery of a person 65 or older, property damage of $200 or less and trespassing. He's booked into the Walton County Jail.