Iowa man charged with first-degree murder after shooting his girlfriend while she was on the phone with 911

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A Sioux City man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman who was shot while on the phone to 911 911, police said.

Sarah Zoelle called 911 Saturday night begging for help, saying her boyfriend, Austyn Self, pointed a gun at her, according to court documents.

During the call, the dispatcher heard what sounded like a gunshot, according to the complaint, and Self then told the dispatcher, “I shot her,” the Sioux City Journal reported.

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Officers found Zoelle holding a 6-month-old child and suffering from a gunshot wound when they arrived. There were two other young children in the house.

An Iowa man shot and killed his girlfriend while she was on the phone to 911. He was charged with first-degree murder.

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Zoelle later died in a hospital.

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Self, 23, of Sioux City, was also charged with three counts of child endangerment.