Carson City, NV An 88-year-old Carson City man is in custody, accused of shooting his wife Sunday at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center.
Sheriff Ken Furlong says William Dresser shot his wife in the chest and her injuries are life-threatening. He is being held on charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon with an elderly victim enhancement. Dresser is under suicide watch, according to investigators. His wife was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for treatment.
Department of Corrections officers were on duty in the ward where the shooting took place and were able to contain the incident, according to the sheriff, who says Dresser recently bought the small caliber handgun.
A sheriff's office report detailing the incident indicates Dresser had planned to kill his wife of 63 years, who was paralyzed after an accident and no longer wanted to live, then kill himself. But after shooting her, his gun jammed, then came apart. He told detectives he failed to complete his mission.
At the time of the shooting, there were only four patients in a rehab unit on the third floor, where Dresser's wife was being treated for injuries from an earlier incident.
The hospital was on lockdown for about two hours after the shooting late Sunday morning.
Click the link to the right to download the police report.