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Nov 12, 2010 2:48 PM by News Staff (KRTV Great Falls)

2 dead in Great Falls after domestic violence report

GREAT FALLS - Two people are dead in Great Falls after a reported domestic violence incident.

Initial reports indicate that Donald and Shelly Mahoney were involved in a domestic dispute at their home at 3209 12th Street NE on Thursday evening.

Police were called to the home just before 8 p.m., with at least six patrol cars responding to the scene.

A neighbor told Montana's News Station that an ambulance and the fire department also arrived at the home, but quickly turned away without going inside.

The same neighbor says a mother and father live at the residence with their three children; she indicated the children were safe outside of the home.

Donald worked at the Montana Air National Guard; it is not yet known if he was a military or civilian employee.

Shelly was a fourth-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School.

Great Falls Public School officials scheduled meetings with teachers and counselors on Friday in order to assist students in dealing with the situation.

The Montana Air National Guard released a statement on Friday regarding the death of Lieutenant Colonel Don Mahoney and his wife Shelly.

The Mahoneys died after police responded to a report of domestic violence at the couple's house on Thursday night; authorities are still investigating to determine what happened.

In a press release, the MT ANG states:

Maintenance Squadron Commander, Lt. Col. Don Mahoney and his wife Shelly died last night. At this time, the Great Falls Police Department is still investigating the incident.

"We are all in shock from this tragic event and still cannot fathom that this could happen", said the 120th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Pete Hronek. "Our focus at this time is on the family and to the many members that Lt. Col. Mahoney affected over his many years of service at the Montana Air National Guard.

To fully support the family and members of the MTANG, the 120th Fighter Wing dining facility is open with support from chaplains, counselors and family support agencies. The dining facility will be open until 5:30 p.m. tonight. Colonel Hronek has also cancelled flying on Monday of next week.

"We are deeply saddened by this loss and our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lt. Colonel Mahoney and Shelly - especially their three children" said Col. Hronek.

Colonel Mahoney was a former Army Air Borne Ranger and 120 Fighter Wing Security Forces Commander.

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