By Lindsey Seavert, WCCO-TV

CIRCLE PINES, Minn. (WCCO) — Police are investigating the deaths of two people who were found dead in a townhome in the 500 block of Village Parkway in Circle Pines.

Centennial Lakes Police were first dispatched to the home around 9:00am to check on the welfare of a woman who did not show up at work.

When they arrived, they found the door locked, with no answer, so police left at that point. The caller insisted the police return, and around 11:30 a.m., officers forced their way into the home and discovered the bodies of a 36-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman.

Police say the couple broke up this past summer and the woman moved out of the home. They believe she came back to get something, when this happened.

Authorities say they were at the residence twice last summer for domestic calls. They say during one call in June, the boyfriend requested a police escort, and then in August, officers were dispatched there to respond to an argument.

“Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon law enforcement situation. This is a very tragic end to a relationship,” said Lt. Paul Sommer, of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. “Ironically, the last time we had a situation like this, it was about a year ago, it also was in Circle Pines and it was very near to this residence.”

In July 2009, at a nearby Circle Pines apartment complex, police say James Schwartzbauer shot and killed his girlfriend Erica Olson and killed himself. The couple had been together for 25 years, but had recently separated.

Another recent crime also shows that leaving an abusive relationship can be the most lethal time for women.

In Zumbrota just Monday, police say a woman was moving out of her home when her husband shot her. Police intervened and killed the husband.

In Circle Pines, investigators hope the crime scene reveals more on what led to the final moments for the estranged couple. Police aren’t saying how the two died but say murder-suicide is a possibility. The general public is not at any risk, according to authorities.

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women says their latest “Femicide” report, released Wednesday, reflects a slight increase in murder suicides across the state.

Of the 28 people that died from domestic violence in Minnesota last year, 15 were women killed by their partners.

Murder suicides accounted for 53 percent of deadly domestic violence incidents last year, up from 47 percent in 2009. The organization says that is higher than the national average of murder suicides in domestic homicides, which is usually about 25 percent.

Comments (40)
  1. Paul says:

    Sounds like Kevin knows more than he should . . . . . .

  2. TW says:

    WCCO, why do you let people make comments on stories were someone has died or been murdered? Some of these comments are useless if not worse. These people who are now dead have friends and relatives who are mourning. Respect for their pain should be a reason to turn off the comment box section.

    1. another view says:

      Or…better yet….where there are stories regarding death….do not allow that option? People have rights….but they have feelings as well……

    2. Geez says:

      The comment section of a newspaper would be the last place I would go if a member of my family were to die and If I did, I would be prepared for it. People who let words affect them, are doing themselves a great disservice by allowing others who have no power over you, control you. If you want to bless someone and a receive a response that mimics that type of intent, go to church or be prepared for those that enjoy raising Cain or getting the best of your goat.

    3. Samantha Villagomez says:

      Can’t sugar coat everthing

  3. dianne says:

    Let say a prayer for the family this is some one love one it is so sad god bless

  4. cheryl says:

    Wow. You people are truly disrespectful.

  5. 1st Amendment says:

    TW…as much as I agree with you….it’s our 1st amendment RIGHT! If anything it shows there are a LOT of people out there with NO CLASS…..but…..doesn’t mean they can’t say it….How long did we have to listen to those terrible AL FRANKIN ad’s!

  6. jay white bear lake says:

    you people! what do you mean by you people???? just kidding, i agree!!!

  7. Stefan Presslein says:

    There is no 1st Amendment rights when it comes to making comments on a website!

    1. WHAT!? says:

      @ Stefan… do you figure?

      1. Know the Law says:

        And I quote:
        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

        You tell me where it says ANYTHING about comments on the Internet…..

  8. DVL says:

    Yes I agree with TW on the comments section. Some of these posts are very disrespectful.

    It is also very disturbing to know that there are people out there who are so heartless.

    WCCO, by allowing people to post comments – especially these types of comments is a form of “Cyberbullying”. We preach to our kids not to do it, yet we as adults do it ourselves, and WCCO is providing the vehicle to do it with.

    I say no comments at all!

    1. lib says:

      People have a right to free speech, even if you find it disrespectful, or distateful, our feelings should not be the judge of someone elses right to speak. Unfortunately that is changing, people are being banned and uninvited from speaking engagements, because they have difffering views from a few loud mouths. If you watch TV the language is so foul one has to turn it off, the comments here are not foul. Perhaps you should just turn the comments off if you find them unsetteling.

  9. Darren R says:

    The 1st Amendment:
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Looks like you are WRONG Stefan……

  10. Stefan Presslein says:

    Sure you can post anything you want, but WCCO doesn’t have to keep it on the site.

    1. ? says:

      How does that back your comment
      “There is no 1st Amendment rights when it comes to making comments on a website!”

  11. Dan says:

    Nice point; too bad we are already to thatpoint

  12. Jim says:

    The comment section on websites is a place where people go and post things that are rude and disrespectful and hide behind some screenname. Some of the rude comments people make are only to fire people up so they can get a chuckle out of others arguing and fighting.

    1. agree says:

      I think your right Jim…..

  13. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    WCCO owns this web site. They can allow or disallow comments as they see fit. They have every right to censor what is posted here. You want to say whatever you want, whenever you want? Start your own BBS and post there.

  14. Andrea says:

    GOD bless the families and friends who have lost a loved one in this situation. Words are words, but the loss that people are feeling can not be changed by words. A tragic situation that never should have happened.

  15. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    There are alot of sites that post comments only after a moderator has had a chance to review them.

  16. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    It is okay to be gay like myself

    1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      Nice try. But it is FUNNY! Made me laugh out loud!

      1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

        my gay lover should be home soon enough

      2. SHIWOR says:

        What is worng with you?! Why would you talk so inappropriatly on the article where my friend was just murdered. You can take your inappropriate coments and your ungreatful self and post them somewhere else!

  17. merks says:

    No first amendment on a website? What is the anointed one going to pull an Egypt and shut down the web?

    1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      Why no, W isn’t the president any more. But if he was I’m sure he would try….

  18. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    As far as freedom of speech goes, try standing on any busy street corner during lunch and scream obsenities at the top of your lungs. See how long your ‘freedom of speech’ lasts. Not long I would bet. And free speech means ALL speech is protected, not just the words YOU like.

    1. Reagan says:

      Actually, I am sure you would last on the corner quite a while, but if you were arrested it would be for being insane!! which is the only reason you would do that.


  19. haj says:

    Rip nikki youll be missed by many and my prayers r with ur family

  20. Mathew says:

    So we know no specifics, and al you Braniac’s can comment on it, the fact is that 2 people are dead!!! I don’t care about Amendment rights, be Respectful, sounds like 1 of them was Named Nikki, Mourn Her!!!

  21. Al ran says:

    What purpose is there in reporting a story like this, referencing that women are in the most danger while leaving an abusive relationship, and then not giving ANY resources for the many people who may be in an abusive relationship. If I were in that position this story would discourage me from leaving an abuser. Very sad considering that there are resources available to help plan for a safe exit.

  22. Skeezer says:

    ʎɐqǝ uo pɹɐoqʎǝʞ ɹǝɥʇouɐ ƃuıʎnq ɹǝʌǝu ɯ,ı

  23. K says:

    RIP Nikki. Your smile will be missed by many!

  24. TW says:

    Your right to say what you want under the 1st Amendment is not without limits. In a society of decency there is value to all when we set our own limits on what and when we speak or write. If all some have to pass along is based on their own need to quack or crow their own tune the rest of society is that much better informed as to the quality of person they are. That is a great help when it comes time to have to make decisions in the day to day interactions of life and business. Our words are our legacy, use them well is how I want to live and even then I may fail at times.

  25. josie says:

    This story is so sad! My heart and prayers go out to your family! For the people who are making comments about what rights you have really if this was your sister or mom you would not post your comments! To all the woman who are in this situation get out fast!! My mother did and she is fine but she never looked back! We are here to help!

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