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UPDATE: Freeport shooting ruled murder-suicide

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Investigators have determined a shooting that left two people dead in Freeport was a murder-suicide.
Sarah Szabo and Craig Freilinger were found dead in a home there on Sunday night.
Evidence suggests Freilinger shot and killed Szabo and then himself. The official ruling on Szabo's death is a homicide, while the ruling on Freilinger's death is a suicide.
An official autopsy for both people will be released in 4 to 6 weeks. 

A deadly shooting in the small community of Freeport making everyone run for their lives, including 10-year old Nyeli Delagarza.

"I couldn't breathe because I was running so fast, I was scared half to death," said Nyeli.

She was playing outside when she heard multiple gunshots.The cause of the commotion happening near a mobile home on Dogwood Road.

Neighbors scrambling to bring kids indoors, then running in between homes, to find out whose hurt. "And that's when I found Sarah," said Julie Beckmann, who lives nearby.

Once authorities arrived they find the bodies of 41-year old Sarah Szabo and 55-year old Craig Freilinger. The two were previously a couple, but recently separated.

Investigators here all through the night processing the scene. Some bullets even went through other homes.

And now those final moments of Sarah's life, fresh in people's minds. "I heard a woman screaming...help me, help me. Oh God, no. Oh, God no. Somebody, Somebody and then...four shots," said Beckmann.

Neighbors say Sarah was a nice lady, she was also a mother. 

Authorities say they're not  looking for suspects in this shooting.

More information should be coming soon, as the investigation continues. 


Two adults from Decorah have died in a shooting in Winneshiek County.

The sheriff's office says 55-year-old Craig Freilinger and 41-year-old Sarah Szabo were found dead last night at 2472 Dogwood Road, just outside of Decorah.

Investigators say the two had been dating each other and recently separated.

Law enforcement says there is no threat to the public and they are not looking for any suspects, but investigators did not give an answer when KWWL asked if that means the shooter is either in custody or has died.

The sheriff's office says autopsies will be done.


UPDATE: The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened in Freeport last night.

They say at this point, the public is not in any danger.

KWWL asked authorities if the shooter is in custody, but we haven't heard back.

Investigators encourage everyone to stay out of the area as they investigate the crime scene.

"When I heard the gunshots, I was scared, really scared... and I thought it was coming from over here because all the birds flew out. Then, I heard more gunshots coming from there. I was really scared," said Nyeli Delagarza.

KWWL will stay on top of this story throughout the day on air and online.


According to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, they have been asked to assist with a double death investigation in Winneshiek County.

Agents are on the way to the Decorah area right now.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office should be handling all media inquiries at this time.

We have put in several calls, and they say they are busy working the incident.

According to witnesses in the area, Dogwood area is blocked with police cars, and neighbors can't get back into their homes.

One neighbor called KWWL and said he heard gunshots in the area.

We have reached out to DCI, the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office, and Decorah Police to ask whether the shooter is in custody, but we have not heard back.

We are working to learn the latest information. 

Please stay with KWWL as this story develops.



Decorah Police are on the scene of an incident near Dogwood Road.

According to a witness who lives in the 2400 block of Dogwood, they were watching football earlier tonight, when they heard something that sounds like gunshots and left.

Right now, the witness says the area is blocked off and police are in the area.

We have put in several calls with Decorah Police, and they have not yet confirmed any information.

Please stay with KWWL as we work to confirm information.

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