A Missouri roofer is accused of killing his co-worker with a circular saw in Wisconsin, according to reports.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said officers were called to a home in River Falls on Aug. 6 over a worker who was injured while working, according to TwinCities.com.
Israel Valles-Flores, 37, of St. Louis, was found on the roof and had “severe lacerations to the neck and face,” the office told Fox9. He died at the scene, officials said.
Miguel A. Navarro, 24, also of St. Louis, was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide and was booked into the Pierce County Jail, the Pierce County Herald reported.
Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove told WCCO Radio: “We had a group of gentlemen who were roofing at a residence in our county.”
She said, “One got upset with the other one and went after him with a circular saw.”
Hove said that investigators are trying to piece together what led up to the attack. “We’re still investigating and gathering information. There were several people there, so we are still doing interviews at this time,” she told the station.
The Pierce County Herald added that Navarro attacked him with the saw while on the roof, causing Valles-Flores to fall onto the garage roof. He kept attacking him after that, the report stated.
Nabarro, according to the Herald report, allegedly said that he was teased and wasn’t getting paid. He also thought that he was drugged to work longer hours and “didn’t feel right.”
“I just feel sad,” Maria Valle, who is a sister of Valle-Flores, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “(Navarro’s) reaction comes from where? It comes from evil.”
If convicted, he faces life in prison and a $100,000 fine, the Herald reported.