Florida Woman Shoots Her Terminally Ill Husband Inside Daytona Beach Hospital
Florida Woman Ellen Gilland, 76, is in the Volusia County Jail after she shot her terminally ill husband, Jerry, in his 11th-floor room at the Advent Health Hospital in Daytona Beach.
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The tragic story unfolded on Saturday when Daytona Beach Police responded to the Advent Health Hospital about a person shot.
Upon arrival, police faced an ugly situation as Ellen barricaded herself in her husband’s room with a pistol. Officers used a distraction device to get her to put down the gun and used a less lethal weapon to incapacitate her.
According to Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young, Ellen told police that because of her husband’s health issues, they made a pact about three weeks ago and decided that if he continued to take a turn for the worse, he wanted her to end this.
Police in Florida say that Ellen Gilland, 76, fatally shot her 77-year-old terminally ill husband in a hospital. She had made a pact with him to also shoot herself, but she ultimately couldn't follow through with it.
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“Initially, I think the plan was a murder-suicide, so she killed him, and then she was going to turn the gun on herself but decided she couldn’t go through with it,” he told reporters.
Jerry knew the shooting would occur today. It’s not clear how long he had been hospitalized.
Staff and patients in surrounding rooms were evacuated during the standoff. Young said the 11th floor is for terminally ill patients and praised his officers for getting people out of harm’s way.
“This was somewhat of a logistical nightmare which is why again, I’m very, very proud of my team,” he said. “Pretty much all the patients on that floor are on ventilators, so they didn’t have the room to evacuate that entire floor, so they evacuated the rooms where it was most important to get them out of the way.”
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Young called the incident “tragic” and urged anyone struggling to seek help.
“It just shows that none of us are immune from the trials and tribulations of life,” the chief said.
Ellen was transported to the Volusia County Jail and was charged with first-degree murder.
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