Coast guard member kills wife, 7-year-old son, himself in the midst of the domestic dispute: police

John Stanley Presnar, 44, served in the U. S. Coast Guard since 2001 as an electronics technician, officials say.
(U. S. Coast Guard)

A U. S. Coast Guard member fatally shot his wife and 7-year-old son before using the gun on himself, authorities said Sunday.

The police said that the man also shot his 8-year-old daughter, but she survived. The girl was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition, the Miami Herald reported.

Miami-Dade police, the shooter was identified as 44-year-old John Stanley Presnar, who had served since 2001 as an electronics technician.

The police said a quarrel between Presnar and his wife escalated and her mother ran from the house. When officers arrived, they found the bodies and the injured girl inside. Presnar was reportedly found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.


Presnar woman was identified as 39-year-old Gretchen Presnar. The names of the children were not released.

“If the subject started shooting, his wife told her mother to run out of the house and call for help,” police told the Herald.

The shooting happened in the Presnars’ southwest Miami-Dade residence, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Coast guard spokesman Ryan Kelley said the coast guard was “deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family members of those who were killed. We continue to pray for and offer the full support of the coast guard to the young child fighting for its life.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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