Police: Robbery Victim Shot Suspects in Self-Defense; One Suspect Dead

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Police say a robbery suspect has died and another remains hospitalized following a shooting early Monday morning and the victim will not be charged because it was a case of “justifiable self-defense.”

According to Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department, patrol officers were called to the 1400 block of 13th Street shortly before 6:00 a.m. Monday morning on a report of a shooting.

Police said the victim told them he was approached by two individuals, each armed with handguns, who demanded he empty his pockets. The victim, who has a concealed weapons permit, drew his firearm and shot both suspects.

According to police, 16-year-old Liem Deng of Des Moines has died. The second suspect injured is a 16-year-old Des Moines boy, who remains hospitalized and is expected to survive.

After interviewing witnesses and examining physical evidence, police determined the shooting was “justified as an act of self-defense.” Sgt. Parizek said after consulting with the Polk County Attorney’s Office, no charges will be filed against the victim.

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