Des Moines police investigate city's fourth homicide of 2023

In just the fourth week of the new year, Des Moines police are investigating the city's fourth homicide in 2023. Law enforcement responded at about 6:23 a.m.

Sunday to investigate a report of a person down in the 3700 block of East 39th Court Avenue, according to a Des Moines police news release. First responders

found a deceased adult male with an apparent gunshot injury in the yard of the home, according to the release. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, police

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the Des Moines Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit was still processing the scene for evidence. This is a breaking story that will update.

Noelle Alviz-Gransee is a breaking news reporter at the Des Moines Register. Follow her on Twitter at @NoelleHannika or email her at

NAlvizGransee@registermedia.com.