Florida Navy chief shot and killed her husband while their three children were inside the home, cops say

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Sep. 10 2021, Published 5:01 p.m. ET

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A U.S. Navy chief petty officer allegedly locked her husband in their garage and then shot him to death.

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Bree Kuhn, 34, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of her husband, Collin James Turner, 34.

Kuhn was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail without bond, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office.

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Turner was on the phone with 911 at the time of the shooting, and officers had responded to the couple’s home twice that day due to a heated argument, officials said during a press conference that was posted on social media.

“He wanted to take the kids out of state, and she didn’t want to go,” Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said during the press conference.

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When deputies responded earlier in the day, they said there was no evidence of anyone’s life being endangered, and they left.

Turner placed a third call to authorities at 6:22 p.m. and reported that Kuhn had trapped him in their garage, according to police.

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While on the phone with dispatchers, Turner said his wife “tried to break his arm when he tried to get back in the residence,” police say.


“During the phone call with dispatch, you hear gunshots,” said Johnson. “He states, basically, ‘She just shot me.’ Then you hear three more.”

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Johnson said deputies arrived at the home for the third time about four minutes after 911 operators reported hearing the gunshots.

When they arrived, police say they found Kuhn in a state of shock.

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“I can’t go into what she said or anything like that,” Johnson said. “But to put it the best way, I’d say (she was in) shock, probably. You’re a Navy chief one day, and the next day, you’re in jail.”

The couple’s three children were in the home at the time. Two were placed into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, and the third was taken into custody of their biological father, according to Johnson.

If Kuhn was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, she would face either mandatory life in prison or the death penalty.


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