MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — An 80-year-old Oklahoma man faces a first-degree murder charge after police say he allegedly shot his wife while she slept, fearing he could no longer manage her debilitating dementia.
Authorities confirmed Davis’ wife, 77-year-old Dorothy Davis, was found in bed with a gunshot wound to the head and later died at a local hospital.
Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes told KOCO Royce Davis called for assistance because the shot did not kill his wife immediately.
"She was still breathing. He was concerned about her welfare," Clabes told the station.
According to police, Royce Davis later explained his wife suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and he could no longer take care of her. Negotiators did, however, manage to convince him over the phone to disarm himself, exit the home and not follow through with his original plan to kill himself as well, KFOR reported.
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