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A Florida Navy chief is accused of shooting her husband to death while he was on the phone with 911 in what law enforcement authorities have called a “very sad” case.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said during a press conference that 34-year-old Collin James Turner called 911 Wednesday evening to report that his wife had locked him in the garage of the family’s home.
“During the phone call with dispatch, you hear a gunshot,” Johnson said. “He states basically, ‘She just shot me,’ then you hear three more.”
Authorities arrived four minutes later to find Turner dead and took his wife, Bree Kristen Kuhn, into custody.
She’s now facing charges of premeditated first-degree murder. Johnson described the mom of three as being in “shock.”
“You are a Navy chief one day and the next day you are in jail,” he said.
According to Johnson, deputies had been to the family’s home two other times earlier that day after each had called 911 during heated arguments about their three children.
The first call was placed by Kuhn at 12:53 p.m. and a second call was placed by Turner at 4:57 p.m.
“Both times we wrote a report,” he said. “There was no evidence of any physical altercation, they were just arguing.”
Although he provided few details about what the arguments had been about, Johnson said in one instance a fight broke out after Turner wanted to take the children out of town and Kuhn had opposed it.
The final 911 call came just over an hour later at 6:22 p.m., he said.
The couple’s three children were home at the time of the fatal shooting, but authorities have no evidence to suggest they saw the violence.
When questioned about why deputies hadn’t taken anyone into custody during the earlier visits to the home, Johnson said they lacked the evidence they needed at the time to be able to make an arrest.
“We follow the rule of law,” he said. “You know, if there’s no evidence to support an arrest of any kind of violence or anything, we can’t make the arrest, and in both these cases, they were arguing over kids so there was no reason to take them into custody.”
Johnson said deputies are only able to take someone into custody if “we can prove violence occurred or threat of violence occurred.”
Two of the couple’s children are now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, while the third was placed with the child’s natural father.
A Navy official confirmed to local station WEAR-TV that Kuhn has been placed on leave pending an investigation.
She is currently being held without bond, authorities said.
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