×

Des Moines police believe man killed woman, then himself

DES MOINES — Des Moines police say a woman was fatally shot, and the man suspected of shooting her died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police found the woman outside an apartment building Friday night. The woman, identified Saturday as 39-year-old Christina Marie Dirks, died at a hospital.

Meanwhile, witnesses identified a male suspect and told police he had entered the apartment building. A tactical team was called and the apartment building was evacuated. Early Saturday, tactical officers entered the apartment and found the man dead.

Police on Saturday identified the man as 42-year-old Rustin Dean Rice. They said Dirks and Rice had lived together until Dirks moved out Thursday. Investigators believe Rice shot Dirks and later shot himself.

Newsletter

Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
   

Starting at $4.38/week.

Subscribe Today