Coast Guardsman kills wife, son, self at Florida home

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 16, 2018

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Officials say a Coast Guardsman killed his wife and their 7-year-old son and then critically wounded their 8-year-old daughter before killing himself.

Miami-Dade police and Coast Guard officials said Petty Officer First Class John Presnar, 44, fatally shot his wife, Gretchen, 39, and shot their children early Sunday at their home south of Miami. He then shot himself. The children’s names were not released.

Police said an argument between Presnar and his wife escalated and her mother ran from the home. When officers arrived, they found the bodies and the wounded girl inside.

The Coast Guard said Presnar had served since 2001 as an electronics technician.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said it “is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family members.”

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