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POLICE: Father shot ex, killed children while they were sleeping

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- New details are emerging in the triple murder of a PRP family.

Police say the father, John Devine was "cold and matter of fact' when confessed to the three murders. Police say he broke a back door into the home of 26-year-old Sadé Goldsmith, and their two young sons, 6-year-old John and 5-year-old Jon'tee Devine and shot all of them Sunday morning.

Police say he shot the mother first near the front door in the great room area, then shot the boys upstairs. Police say the boys were sleeping in one bed together when they were killed.

"In speaking with the detectives - he was matter of fact, somewhat cold, but he did state what he had done," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, the head of the LMPD homicide unit.

Police say father John Devine and Goldsmith had an on and off again relationship that included domestic violence. They were currently separated.

Police believe his intention was to commit suicide and say he shot himself in the upper chest , but survived. Police say a panic alarm went off in the house after the break-in, and police believe the quick response from the ambulance helped keep John Devine alive.

He is speaking to investigators and is expected to be released from University Hospital to Metro Corrections after he recovers.

LMPD's Lt. Barry Wilkerson says, "I think from just talking to the detectives and his demeanor, it was a situation where the anger built up. It was just one moment when all that occurred."

Investigators say Devine was very matter of fact, and even cold when talking about killing his family. Devine is now charged with three counts of murder and one count of burglary. He is eligible for the death penalty.

Police are not releasing how many times they were shot or what type of gun was used.

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