A terminally ill Florida man allegedly asked his wife to shoot him in his Daytona Beach hospital bed, and she accepted, according to local police, who arrested his wife at the scene on January 21.
Volusia County authorities have charged Ellen Gilland, 76, with one count of first degree premeditated murder and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after she allegedly shot her husband of over 50 years, Jerry Gilland, to death.
Newly released police body camera footage shows Daytona Beach police arresting Gilland at AdventHealth Daytona Beach.
“Drop the weapon!” the police repeatedly tell him from the hallway of the hospital.
An officer observes that she is “sitting right next to the bed” in her husband’s hospital room.
Another officer can be heard trying to get Gilland to talk and drop his gun: “Tell me what’s going on. I don’t mean to hurt you. We don’t mean to hurt you. Tell me what what’s going on. Just talk to Talk to me. What’s going on? Why can’t you drop your gun?
Police negotiated with Gilland for four hours before finally using a flash bang and taser to get the 76-year-old to drop her gun, according to FOX 35 Orlando.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young told a Sunday news conference that Gilland was “already in a depressed state” due to her husband’s illness “and knowing the end was near.” when she shot himreports FOX 35.
“They had a conversation about this, and they actually planned this about three weeks ago that if he kept turning for the worst, he wanted her to end this,” Young said.
In a July 2016 Facebook post, Gilland shared an old photo of herself and her husband marking their 47th birthday.
“Our 47th birthday today. This photo is our 7th at Disney,” she wrote along with the photo. “I’m still having a great time with one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known. Lucky, lucky for me. Happy birthday, Dumplin.”
Gilland is currently being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail.
Fox News’ Pilar Arias contributed to this report.