Survivor of triple-murder suicide suing U.S. Navy

Megan Hiatt says Navy knew about husband's history of domestic violence

By Ethan Calloway - Anchor/reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville woman who survived a triple-murder suicide in 2015 has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Navy, saying the Navy knew about her ex-boyfriend's history of domestic violence.

Megan Hiatt's ex-boyfriend, Gawain Wilson, opened fire on Nov. 13, 2015, when he returned to the couple's Oceanway home and found Hiatt moving out.

Wilson, 28, shot Hiatt, her father, James, and the couple's twins, Hayden Rose and Kayden Reese, before killing himself.

Only Hiatt survived.

Her lawsuit claims Wilson had a prior history of committing violence against women and that the Navy knew it. 

READ: Megan Hiatt lawsuit against US Navy

Court records show that in 2014, a woman obtained a restraining order against Wilson. The year before that, he received probation after pleading no contest to domestic battery charges following accusations that he choked a woman.

Hiatt's lawsuit says Wilson became agitated during a phone call the day of the murders that was witnessed by another member of the Navy and made threatening comments to Hiatt on the phone.

According to the lawsuit, Wilson later left his shift at Mayport without authorization, and the Navy “should have known he posed a threat to and was going to harm his domestic partner and the mother of his children, Megan Hiatt.” 

"I was shot seven times, literally from head to toe," Hiatt said at a recent Domestic Violence Awareness event held at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office headquarters. "...My children were in my arms, lifeless. I laid there thinking, 'How did it get to this point?'"

Hiatt, 23, now walks with the help of an arm brace.

There has not yet been a public response from Navy officials about the federal lawsuit.

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