76-year-old Ellen Gilland has been arrested by police on charges of murdering her terminally ill husband at a Florida hospital.CNN)
Ellen Gilland shot and killed her terminally ill husband Saturday in his Florida hospital room before barricading herself in the air for hours before being arrested, police said. Let’s see about it in detail.
Who is Ellen Gilland?
Police say Ellen Gilland, 76, made a deal with her terminally ill husband many weeks before she shot and killed him at a hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The 76-year-old lady, Ellen Gilland, could be charged with first-degree murder. At a news conference, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jacari Young was informed by Gilland that she and her 77-year-old husband, Jerry Gilland, had planned the event because of his illness.
Around 11:35 a.m., police officers responded to the scene of the accident.
Ellen Gilland was locked in her husband Jerry Gilland’s room on the 11th floor when the police arrived.
According to Police Chief Jacari Young, the officers used a device to distract the lady “to get her to put the gun down long enough for us to hit her with a less lethal effect.” She was taken into custody and charged with first degree murder.
The hospital’s other patients and staff were evacuated while authorities tried to persuade Gilland to leave the room. Young claimed that although she intended to shoot herself, she changed her mind and was unable to do so.
Ellen said she and her husband talked about three weeks ago about her husband’s health problems and decided that if things “continue to get worse, he wants her to end it,” Young said.
He told reporters,
“At first I think the plan was a murder-suicide, so she killed him and then she was going to turn the gun on herself, but she decided she couldn’t.”
Young claimed the husband knew the shooting would take place today. It is not clear how long he was in the hospital.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Young addressed the media at a press conference Saturday afternoon.
(Daytona Beach News – Journal)
During the standoff, staff and patients in nearby rooms were evacuated. Young praised staff for getting people out safely and said Level 11 is for patients who are terminally ill.
“It’s been a bit of a logistical nightmare, so again I’m very, very proud of my team.”
“Almost all the patients on that floor are on ventilators, so they didn’t have room to evacuate the whole floor, so they evacuated the rooms where it was most important to get them out of the way.”
According to Young, the standoff was isolated to Jerry Gilland’s room.
Young said it is still unclear how she was able to bring a gun into the medical facility. Young claimed that although the woman did not threaten to shoot anyone else, she continued to hold her gun. She was apprehended by police shortly after 3 p.m. using a flashgun and a non-lethal round.
He advised people to get help if they need it. Although he described the incident as “very tragic”, he expressed pride in the way the police responded to it.
Chief Young said,
“It just goes to show that none of us are immune to life’s trials and tribulations.”
The SWAT team and hostage-taking team were involved in the response.
Jerry Gilland’s illness has not been specifically described by police. Young said no one else was injured in the incident.
Health Systemem statement
The facility is part of AdventHealth’s network of nine statewide healthcare facilities, which is located in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
The nonprofit health system said in a statement,
“We are devastated by the tragedy that unfolded at the AdventHealth Daytona Beach campus today, and our prayers are with those affected.”
He thanked the police for their role in ensuring the safety of patients, staff and visitors on Saturday.
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