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Roofer accused of killing co-worker with circular saw at Wisconsin job site

Roofing materials and apparatus remained at the scene of what authorities said was a fatal saw incident at a County Road FF job site in rural River Falls. Mike Longaecker / Forum News Service

RIVER FALLS, Wis.—A roofer fatally attacked a co-worker at a River Falls-area job site with a saw, authorities said Tuesday.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said a 37-year-old man died at the scene and a 24-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. The deceased was identified as St. Louis, Mo., resident Israel Valles-Flores.

Sheriff's deputies were called at 4:31 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, to a home in River Falls for a report of an injured roofer. Valles-Flores was found unconscious on the roof with "severe lacerations to the neck and face," the sheriff's office said.

Deputies unsuccessfully attempted life-saving measures.

The investigation revealed fellow St. Louis resident Maguel A. Nabarro caused Valles-Flores' injuries with a circular saw.

Pierce County District Attorney Sean Froelich said Tuesday he had yet to receive reports on the case.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin. 

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