Police: Father Holding 3 Kids Hostage Kills Himself Near Scene of Double Homicide

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Des Moines police say a man holding his three children hostage is dead after apparently committing suicide.

The hostage situation started Thursday morning in the same neighborhood where two people were killed. Police don't know if the two incidents are related.

The situation unfolded about 6:30 a.m. on the city's north side.

Police surrounded the house where the man was holding the children. Officers stormed the house around 8:15 a.m., grabbed the children and took them safely out of the house.

Sgt. Vince Valdez says the man holding them was dead, and he apparently committed suicide.

With the hostage situation over, police were recovering the bodies in the double homicide.

Valdez says a man and woman were killed. He did not have any details about the deaths.

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