90-year-old Man Kills Wife, Attempts Suicide
A 90-year-old Orange Country, Calif. man is expected to be charged with murder after he shoot his bedridden wife to end her suffering, then try to kill himself, police said yesterday.
According to police, James Fish was in critical condition after shooting himself in the head after shooting his wife, Phyllis, 88, in the head Sunday afternoon at a retirement community in Laguna Woods.
Phyllis was was terminally ill and under hospice care after suffering a stroke a few years ago; she also had cancer. Police said James, a retired doctor, gave her morphine before he shot her to ease the pain. She had a full-time caretaker, who called 911 after the shooting.
Neighbors are sympathetic to James, saying he was a kind man who took care of his wife.