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Coast Guardsman shoots his wife and 7-year-old son dead, wounds 8-year-old daughter, kills himself in Miami-Dade

U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle crewman Petty Officer 1st Class John Presnar handles a line while adjusting sails aboard the Eagle Sept. 17, 2012. The Eagle is the Coast Guard's training platform for future Coast Guard officers. (Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen/U.S. Coast Guard)
December 19, 2018

An 8-year-old girl is in critical condition after police say her father, a U.S. Coast Guard serviceman, killed her mother and young brother before killing himself.

Miami-Dade Police say Petty Officer First Class John Presnar, 44, opened fire on his family members after an apparent domestic dispute between Presnar and his wife led to the killings, police said.

Investigators say Presnar killed his wife and their 7-year-old son, and shot and critically injured his 8-year-old daughter before killing himself. The killings took place at the family’s suburban home at 11441 SW 242nd Lane on the southern edge of Miami.

“When the subject started shooting, his wife told her mother to run out of the house and call for help,” stated a news release issued just after 1 p.m. Sunday by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

“Once uniformed officers arrived, they entered the home and discovered the wife and their seven-year-old son deceased from apparent gunfire.”

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The news release continued:

“The subject was found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Their eight-year-old daughter was also shot, but found alive. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported the young girl to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in critical condition.”

Presnar served in the Coast Guard since 2001 as an electronics technician According to WPLG-Ch.10, Presnar had worked at the Guard Base Miami Beach station.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or by going to crimestoppersmiami.com.

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© 2018 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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