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Police: Roberts shooting death ruled suicide, but still under investigation

Authorities were at a home in Roberts for more than 24 hours after a shooting death there that remains under investigation.

Roberts Police Chief Aaron McWilliams said officers were dispatched at 1:06 a.m. Tuesday to 11 E. Ida St. for a man with a gunshot wound to the head.

The victim was identified in a department news release as 61-year-old Roberts resident Ronald A. Woodcock. Wisconsin online records state Woodcock lived in River Falls as recently as 2014.

The news release states that “preliminary investigation information did not provide details of the incident.”

Officials from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory were called to assist Roberts police and St. Croix County sheriff’s deputies.

“Following a scene investigation, Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted a postmortem examination and the manner of death was determined to be a suicide,” the news release states, which goes on to note the incident remains under investigation.

Authorities cleared the scene at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the chief said.

McWilliams did not elaborate on what might have been suspicious about the incident.

Though it was ruled a suicide by the coroner, “there’s still things that need to be done,” McWilliams said.

No one has been detained in the investigation, the chief said. He said the Ida Street home had not been visited by police in the past.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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