Algona father murders sons before shooting self

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Six-year-old Logan Phelon, left, and his brother, 3-year-old Seth Phelon, were shot to death Monday night by their father.


Christopher Phelon

ALGONA, Iowa — The Algona Police Department is investigating a July 5 incident in which a 32-year-old Algona man apparently shot his young sons to death before turning the firearm on himself.

Officers responded Monday at 7:51 p.m. to 418 S. Harlan St. in Algona, where they discovered the lifeless bodies of 6-year-old Logan Phelon, 3-year-old Seth Phelon and 32-year-old Christopher Phelon.

According to a statement issued Wednesday night, the law enforcement investigation and autopsies conducted by the office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner determined that Logan and Seth died as the result of gunshot wounds, and their deaths are considered homicides. Christopher Phelon died as the result of a gunshot wound, and his manner of death is considered suicide.

The Algona Police received assistance in their investigation from the Kossuth County Sheriff’s office, the Iowa State Patrol, Algona EMS, the Kossuth County Medical Examiner’s office, the Kossuth County Attorney’s office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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