Florida woman killed terminally ill husband, police say

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A 76-year-old woman is behind bars in Volusia County after being accused of shooting and killing her terminally ill husband. Ellen Gilland faced a judge for the first time on Sunday on multiple charges, including first-degree murder. “Based on the nature of the charge, Ms. Gilland, I will not be holding you on bail on the murder charge and the remaining charges, and then you will be scheduled for a future court appearance,” said Judge Mary Jolley. also faces three counts of aggravated assault. Daytona Beach police responded to the shooting at AdventHealth Daytona Beach on Saturday morning. was the only patient in the room, according to police. “Upon arrival, our officers were directed to the 11th floor, where they found an elderly woman who had apparently shot her terminally ill husband,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said in an interview. Officials say staff and patients near the room have been evacuated. No one else was injured. in custody. The Daytona Beach Police Department said an investigation revealed the couple, from New Smyrna Beach, planned it weeks ago. it continued to get worse. “Apparently because he was terminally ill, they talked about it and planned it out about three weeks ago that if it kept getting worse, he wanted her to get it over with,” Young said. “Obviously, we’re not sure how she brought that gun to the hospital, but that was planned.” Police say the plan was for the husband to shoot, but he was too weak. 11:30am on Saturday and it took hours for hostage negotiators to arrest the woman. While As a result, the surrounding rooms had to be emptied in what police called a “logistical nightmare. Terminally ill patients, almost all of the patients on that floor are on ventilators,” Young said. the gun down, so she never made a specific threat that she was going to shoot any of us, but she never put the gun down,” Young said. We effectively communicated that it could have turned into a gunfight situation.” So they used a device to distract her so she would drop the weapon. “It’s called a flash bang that the SWAT team uses,” Young said. “They use it. . It just makes a loud noise, it’s like a – I’m sure you’re familiar with that. So they flew in a flash bang to distract her and luckily it worked.” They also hit Gilland with a beanbag and she was finally taken into custody. “It’s a difficult situation, so her husband (was) terminally ill, so she was already in a state of depression just based on her husband being terminally ill and knowing the end was near,” Young said. was at the Daytona Beach Police Department Saturday afternoon. Police Chief Says that she is being transported to the Volusia County Jail. Gilland is facing charges of first-degree premeditated murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”We are devastated by the tragedy that unfolded on the AdventHealth Daytona Beach campus today, and our prayers are with you. with those affected. We are grateful to the Daytona Beach Police Department for helping to ensure the safety of our patients, staff members, and visitors,” AdventHealth said in a statement. BELOW: Watch the full press conference with Daytona Beach Police. : Woman killed crossing road in Volusia County Kissimmee Police: Twin brothers charged with robbery and sexual assault Deputies: Woman arrested for shooting and killing Orange County mother buying food

A 76-year-old woman is behind bars in Volusia County after being accused of shooting and killing her terminally ill husband.

Ellen Gilland faced a judge for the first time on Sunday on multiple charges, including first-degree murder.

She is being held without bail.

“Based on the nature of the charge, Ms. Gilland, I will not release you from bail on the murder charge and the remaining charges, and then you will be booked for a future court appearance,” said Judge Mary Jolley.

Gilland also faces three counts of aggravated assault.

Daytona Beach police responded to the shooting at AdventHealth Daytona Beach on Saturday morning.

According to police, responding officers said Gilland shot her husband, Jerry Gilland, 77, and confined himself to his bedroom.

He was the only patient in the room, according to police.

“Upon arrival, our officers were directed to the 11th floor, where they found an elderly woman who had apparently shot her terminally ill husband,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young told a news conference.

Officials say staff and patients near the room have been evacuated.

No one else was injured.

“At no point was any hospital staff threatened or any other patient,” Young said.

Around 3 pm, after negotiation, the wife was arrested.

The Daytona Beach Police Department said an investigation revealed the couple, from New Smyrna Beach, planned it weeks ago.

They say the pair made a pact to commit murder-suicide three weeks ago if the husband, who was terminally ill, continued to deteriorate.

“Apparently because he was terminally ill, they talked about it and planned it out about three weeks ago, if it kept getting worse, he wanted her to get it over with,” Young said. “Obviously, we’re not sure how she got that gun into the hospital, but that was by design.”

Police say the plan was for the husband to do the shooting, but he was too weak.

They received a call about the shooting around 11:30 am on Saturday and it took hours for hostage negotiators to arrest the woman.

Meanwhile, surrounding rooms had to be cleared in what police called a “logistical nightmare”.

“Because the 11th floor is staffed with terminally ill patients, virtually all of the patients on that floor are on ventilators,” Young said.

He says there wasn’t room to evacuate the entire floor, but he said Gilland never left the room where the shooting took place.

“She never lowered her gun, so she never made a specific threat that she would shoot either of us, but she never lowered her gun,” Young said. “So we would have to assume that you know that if we were to run there, we didn’t effectively communicate that it could have turned into a gunfight situation.”

So they used a device to distract her so she would drop the gun.

“It’s called a flash bang that the SWAT team uses,” Young said. “They do. It just makes a loud noise, it’s like a – I’m sure you’re familiar with that. So they flew in a flash bang to distract her and luckily it worked.”

They also hit Gilland with a beanbag and she was eventually taken into custody.

“It’s a difficult situation, so her husband (was) terminally ill, so she was already in a state of depression just because her husband was terminally ill and she knew the end was near,” Young said.

She was at the Daytona Beach Police Department Saturday afternoon.

The chief of police says she’s being transported to the Volusia County Jail.

Gilland is facing charges of first-degree premeditated murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

AdventHealth released a statement Saturday afternoon about the shooting.

“We are devastated by the tragedy that unfolded on the AdventHealth Daytona Beach campus today, and our prayers are with those affected. We are grateful to the Daytona Beach Police Department for helping to ensure the safety of our patients, staff members and visitors,” AdventHealth said in a statement.

BELOW: Watch the full press conference with Daytona Beach Police

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