DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman who fatally shot her terminally ill husband at a Florida hospital was taken into custody over the weekend after SWAT team members used a nonlethal explosive device to distract her and then tried to use a Taser . her, authorities said on Monday.
But a stun gun failed to subdue 76-year-old Ellen Gilland, and she shot into the ceiling of her husband’s room at AdventHealth Hospital before discharging the gun and being taken into custody after a four-hour standoff, according to a police report from the Daytona Beach Police Department.
According to police, Gilland told officers that her 77-year-old husband, Jerry Gilland, had been ill for some time and that they had planned the shooting together.
Ellen Gilland now faces a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill when she pointed her gun at staff members who entered the hospital room after hearing a gunshot. police report.
She remained jailed without bond Monday, and her court-appointed public defender did not respond to an email request.