DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man is put behind bars nearly two weeks after he brutally attacked a 74-year-old man who called him “grandson”. Walton County Sheriff's Office is releasing photos of the victim, with his permission, in order to shed light on elderly abuse in our community.
On 19 September Justin Paul Carter walked into the home of Michael and Margaret Frey on McFarland Road in DeFuniak Springs and asked to speak with Margaret alone. When Michael told Carter that he could not speak to his wife without him present Carter became increasingly angry. Frey told WCSO investigators he repeatedly asked Carter to leave the residence and could tell the man was under the influence of drugs.
Margaret Frey went outside to call 911 and while she was outside the house Michael stated that Carter attacked him. Frey told investigators Carter struck him in the face several times and pounded his head into a cabinet inside the home.
Believing that his life was in danger Frey pulled a .38 caliber pistol from his pocket and shot Carter in the mouth. Carter then ran from the home and shattered a front window of the residence. Frey sustained a fractured orbital socket of the right eye and a broken nose as well as a severe hematoma on the head.
“This is absolutely a justifiable use of force,” said Sheriff Adkinson of 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. In this case, having a firearm saved this man's life.”
Carter was arrested this afternoon after he was released from the hospital. He was charged with aggravated battery of a person 65 or older, property damage of $200 or less, and trespassing. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.