- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with two deaths in Des Moines after an hourslong standoff with authorities.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1XxwHVC ) that officers pursued 39-year-old Michael John Wanchanic for several miles as he drove a vehicle along Iowa Highway 141 around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers stopped him around 7 p.m. on the highway. Westbound traffic was halted about eight miles east of Perry while the standoff continued. Wanchanic surrendered around 10:15 p.m.

No one was injured during the standoff.

Wanchanic is charged in connection to the deaths of 36-year-old Bryon Howard and 31-year-old Heather Belieu. The couple was found shot to death in a Des Moines residence Monday afternoon. They had been living with Wanchanic.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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