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DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) -- Police Monday were investigating how three pit bulls came to maul a woman to death in a barn in eastern Colorado before attacking two other men.

Jennifer Brooke, 40, was on her way to feed her horses on Sunday morning in Elbert County southeast of Denver when the attack took place. She died from the injuries after being flown to a Denver hospital.

"It's probably one of the most gruesome things the medical personnel ever saw," Undersheriff James Underwood said.

A friend of Brooke's, Bjorn Osmunsen, was attacked by the dogs after he went to the barn to look for the woman.

Underwood declined to identify the owner of the dogs.

The dogs later attacked another man about 500 yards from Brooke's barn. Clifford Baker jumped into his truck and yelled for help. His son Cody came out and shot the dogs, whose bodies will be checked for rabies.

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