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UPDATE: Neighbors react to death investigation in Price CountySubmitted: 08/23/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

PARK FALLS - Park Falls residents don't know exactly what happened, but they know what they saw last night.

Police have confirmed a woman in Park Falls is dead.

"And I'm like looking outside, here we got AK-47's pointing at the house and all you hear is "get down on the ground" and they were running over there and they got him on the ground, I don't know if he came out the back door, or what he did. But, they got him," said neighbor James Kolanowski.

Around 5:30 p.m. officers responded to the 200 block of 2nd Avenue North.

A female victim was transported to the hospital by squad car where she later died.

From that point Police Chief Scott Straetz says they began a death investigation.

The cause of death is not being released at this time.

Kolanowski watched the police investigation from his front window.

He says a family was living at the home.

"It never happens here, and pretty much I wouldn't say it shouldn't have escalated to this point, but they did have family problems, they were always arguing and stuff. I knew that for a fact because my son was friends with them," said Kolanowski.

Kolanowski says police continued to investigate the scene until early morning hours.

Neighbors can't believe what happened.

"All's I can say is that it's a big shock to the community, I mean, everybody was outside looking. Obviously, something like that happens up here, that don't happen every day," said Kolanowski.

The Department of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation.

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