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Police: Suspect shot and killed woman at apartment complex, then shot and killed himself

This is Des Moines' third homicide of 2021.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say a woman was shot and killed at an apartment complex Friday night, and the suspect shot and killed himself.

The woman has been identified by police as 39-year-old Christina Dirks. The suspect has been identified as 42-year-old Rustin Rice. 

Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department said a call came in around 9:30 p.m. Friday to "investigate a report of a shooting" at 4024 Hubbell Ave.

Dirks was found outside the building and Rice had gone inside the complex, witnesses at the scene said.

Attempts to communicate with Rice were unsuccessful, DMPD said in a release.

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Early Saturday morning, officers entered Rice's apartment and found him dead "by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot injury." A handgun was found nearby according to police. They believe he intentionally shot himself.

Rice and Dirks had a prior personal relationship and had lived together according to police. Dirks had moved out of that apartment on Thursday.

This is Des Moines' third homicide of 2021.

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