Des Moines Police Investigating City’s 13th Homicide of 2017

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DES MOINES, Iowa  --  A man is dead and a woman is in custody on the South side of Des Moines in what police confirm is the 13th homicide of 2017.

Police were called to the 7200 block of SW 17th Street at 1:03 p.m. on a report of a shooting.  Inside the home they found an adult male dead.  A woman at the scene was taken into custody and is the suspected shooter. She has not been arrested or charged in the incident. However, police say they are weighing a number of variable and say charges could be pending.

Police have not yet released the name of the victim or suspect. Several people were inside the home at the time of the homicide, which is believed to be a domestic-related incident.  One of the people inside called 911. Police records show no calls for service to the home within the last six months.

"You've got families involved here. You have relationships, good, bad or other with the people involved. Domestics are a little bit difficult as far as what the ripples are as they move on through time but as far as our investigations they are sometimes a little easier to close up," says Sergeant Paul Parizek.

Investigators spent much of the afternoon and evening combing through evidence and interviewing witnesses and potential suspects. Police also obtained a search warrant to search the home, in which they hope leads to more answers.

Neighbor Bailey Zepeda says she doesn't know those who live at the house well but says she often hears them fighting and yelling.

"It kind of scares me because we were just inside playing, I could have been outside playing with her and it have happened outside. It could have hit her, it could have hit me. You just never know where the bullet is gonna go."

Investigators expect to release more information about the case Tuesday morning.

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