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Police: Former Des Moines cop, woman strangled in murder/suicide

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Urbandale police say a former Des Moines police officer and a woman whose bodies were found at an apartment complex had been strangled in an apparent homicide and suicide.

Sgt. Gary Lang announced Monday an autopsy confirmed the bodies were ex-officer Mersed Dautovic and Mevlida Dzananovic.

An autopsy showed she'd been strangled and he died of self-inflicted strangulation.

Officers checked on the couple Sunday morning and found their bodies in an attached garage.

Des Moines police fired Dautovic after a 2008 incident in which he and another officer beat a man during a traffic stop.

Dautovic was convicted of using excessive force and obstructing justice. He was released after serving a 20-month sentence, but an appeals court ruled the sentence was too lenient.

He was scheduled to be re-sentenced Monday.

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