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.


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