‘He had his demons’: Family speaks out after man shoots woman, himself

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Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 7:32 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A 65-year-old man shot a woman before turning the gun on himself Monday night in Point Place, according to Toledo Police.

Officers were called to a residence in the 2600 block of 106th Street around 10:30 p.m. When they arrived, they forced entry into the home, at which point one person, identified as Frank Degg, shot himself. Degg was pronounced dead.

A second victim, identified by police as Danielle Derbeck, was found suffering from at least two gunshot wounds. Derbeck was taken to a local hospital, and police say she is expected to survive.

A third person, named by police as Cynthia Frost, was also in the house and was unharmed.

Degg’s family members tell 13abc he and Frost were in a relationship for about two years.

“He has his demons, but he was a good guy,” said Flo Degg Hoyt, Frank’s sister. “He had rage and I know he was in therapy and it wasn’t working.”

Hoyt said her brother was getting professional help for his depression and other issues he was struggling with since he was a boy.

“When he was younger, he was molested by one of the priests at our church in the Point,” said Hoyt. “I don’t think he recovered from that.”

“He was always a great father to me and my sisters,” said Adam Degg, Frank’s son. “We always had our ups and downs as families do, but he was always there for us.”

Degg hopes that the tragic loss of his father will serve as a reminder to others to check on their loved ones who are suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.

“If you feel someone is depressed or struggling in life, reach out and help them.”

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