Des Moines police are investigating an apparent homicide. Sergeant Brent Harris says officers were called to an apartment complex on the city’s northwest side around 3:20 a.m.
“Police arrived and found a black adult male deceased on the doorstep. It appears to be a gunshot wound,” Harris said. The victim is identified as 26-year-old Joseph Watley of Des Moines. No charges have been filed. Investigators are interviewing residents of the apartment complex located in the 2400 block of Hickman Road.
Harris said it’s a large apartment complex, so there should be some witnesses to the crime. A resident of the apartment building discovered the body and at least a few residents reported hearing gunfire.
A bullet hole is in the glass door to the building behind where Watley’s body was found.