DES MOINES – A man wanted in the alleged murder of a young Fort Dodge woman took his life in Des Moines as police closed in.
In the hours following the homicide of 26-year-old Nicole Reza that occurred on Thursday, March 30th, in Fort Dodge, investigators with the Fort Dodge Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, and the Webster County Attorney’s Office have continued to follow up on any and all leads. During the course of the investigation, information was received that suspect Adarius Keshawn Clayton had fled to the Des Moines area. Investigators communicated with multiple different law enforcement entities in the Des Moines area to coordinate the capture of Clayton.
Investigators with the Fort Dodge Police Department traveled to the Des Moines area to assist local law enforcement and spotted Clayton in the area of the 5200 block NE 14t Street. Fort Dodge police investigators made contact with local law enforcement who responded to their location. Local law enforcement arrived and attempted to make contact with Clayton. When he was confronted by law enforcement, he brandished a firearm and took his own life with a self‐inflicted gunshot wound, police say.
Law enforcement on scene rendered medical aid to Clayton and emergency services responded to the scene but he was pronounced deceased. Law enforcement locked down the scene and conducted an investigation into the events that had taken place.
At this time investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, and the Webster County Attorney’s Office are continuing to follow up on this incident.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Fort Dodge Police.
The Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by the Des Moines Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force and local emergency medical services.