Sunday, June 16, 2024

Pastor Who Shot Wife, Then Himself, Had History of Domestic Violence: Report

Danny Prenell Jr.
Danny Prenell Jr. (KALB Screengrab)

*Danny Prenell Jr., the Pineville, Louisiana pastor who shot his wife then himself in front of their three children, had a history of violence against his wife, according to court records cited by KALB.

Gabrielle Prenell, the 27-year-old wife of the Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church senior pastor, remains hospitalized in stable condition. According to KALB, she filed a “petition for protection from abuse” against Prenell in Rapides Parish in 2016, noting that “I’ve been constantly getting beaten by my husband and I fear for the life of myself and my unborn child.”

The petition also alleged that her husband often pointed guns and threatened to kill her, according to KALB.

Danny Prenell Jr. (L), 25, is senior pastor of Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Pineville, Louisiana, where he serves with his wife, Gabrielle Prenell (R), 27. | Screenshot/Facebook/Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church
Danny Prenell Jr. (L), 25, is senior pastor of Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Pineville, Louisiana, where he serves with his wife, Gabrielle Prenell (R), 27. | Screenshot/Facebook/Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church

Prenell was a deputy with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office until he resigned last December. He became the pastor of Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in January 2022.

He is now facing charges of aggravated domestic violence and disturbance of a business for the June 21 shooting. Investigators say he shot his wife twice at the Hampton Inn & Suites McComb, in Mississippi, before shooting himself once around 3:30 p.m. Detectives told The Christian Post Monday that Gabrielle Prenell was shot in the stomach and her arm by her husband.

Pastor Prenell suffered one gunshot wound to the right side of his abdomen. He was treated and released from the hospital into police custody.

Two days before he shot his wife and himself, Prenell wrote in a Facebook post that he was flawed but still favored by God.

“I may not be a perfect man, but I’ll always be a family man,” he said with a picture of his smiling wife and their three young children who are in the custody of CPS.

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