An 80-year-old South Carolina man shot his 75-year-old wife and then called the police to report the attempted murder, officials said.
Around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 2, police in Holly Hill, South Carolina, said Lewis Bellinger Wolfe Sr., 80, called 911 and admitted shooting his wife.
Once police arrived at the house, they found Wolfe sitting in a recliner with a gun next to him. His wife was found on the living room floor with blood beside her.
When asked about what happened, Wolfe stated his wife was “bugging him about food” and “kept hitting” him with a broom, The Times and Democrat reported.
Authorities stated Wolfe is a hospice patient, as he has stage-four cancer and uses supplemental oxygen, and his wife is his caregiver.
Wolfe asked to go to the hospital, as he stated he was having difficulty breathing.
An emergency protective custody order was granted and was “due to him shooting his caregiver, not having another caregiver (and) along with his health not being able to take care of himself,” The Times and Democrat stated.
Officials said both Wolfe and his wife suffer from early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease. Wolfe was reported missing on Aug. 18 and his wife was reported missing in 2019.
The wife was flown to a Columbia-area trauma hospital and police say she is doing better after suffering a gunshot to her torso. Wolfe now faces an attempted murder charge.