AKRON, Ohio — An Ohio man is set to be arraigned on a charge that he shot his wife in a hospital intensive care unit.

Authorities say 65-year-old Barbara Wise was declared brain dead at Akron General Medical Center Sunday night.

Akron police say 66-year-old John Wise of Massillon entered his wife’s room Saturday and shot her while standing at her bedside. He’ll be arraigned today.

Capt. Dan Zampelli tells the Akron Beacon Journal that the shooting may have been an attempted mercy killing.

Zampelli says “it seems to be slanting that way. He wanted to take away her suffering.”

Jim Gosky, a spokesman for the medical center, said one shot was fired and security officers reached the ICU in about one minute. A doctor was in a nearby room

Gosky said privacy rules prevent release of details why Wise had been admitted to the ICU a few days earlier.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.