CARSON CITY, Nev. — An 88-year-old man walked into the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center and shot his paralyzed wife in the chest.
William Dresser, wanted to kill his wife, Francis Dresser, 86, and then kill himself because he says that she was paralyzed and would not want to be kept alive in that condition.
He was arrested shortly after the shooting and, while sobbing, told police that he did not achieve his goal.
His intention was to shoot and kill his wife and then kill himself.
The distraught man said that he knew she would not want to live that way.
To that end, the gun he brought with him had only four bullets in the chamber.
Two bullets were meant for his wife and then he intended to turn the weapon on himself and use the remaining two bullets to kill himself.
He had recently purchased the weapon.
Dresser was very upset because the gun jammed after the first shot.
His wife suffered a life-threatening injury after being shot and it is not known if she will survive.
Dresser told authorities that his wife of 61 years had fallen in their home two weeks ago and was paralyzed as a result of the fall.
Dresser was booked into the Carson City Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and was on suicide watch. Bail was set at $225,000.
If Dresser’s wife dies, then charges will be upgraded accordingly.
He has been placed on suicide watch.