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Woman fatally shoots dying husband at Daytona Beach hospital, police say

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(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) – Officials in Daytona Beach say a woman fatally shot her terminally ill husband inside a Florida hospital on Saturday and then barricaded herself in his room for four hours before surrendering.

Ellen Gilland, 76, told officers that her 77-year-old husband Jerry Gilland had been ill for some time and they had planned the shooting together, police spokeswoman Carrie McCallister said.

Gilland shot her husband at about 11:30 a.m., and did not come out of the room until 3:30 p.m. after negotiating with police, McCallister said.

Ellen Gilland did not harm herself and no one else was wounded. Part of the hospital was evacuated and some doctors, nurses and others took cover in locked closets and rooms.

McCallister said no charges were immediately announced.