MAN, 89, WHO TURNED GUN ON HIMSELF ON LIFE SUPPORT.Byline: Charles F. Bostwick Daily News Staff Writer
An 89-year-old man who fatally fa·tal·ly
1. So as to cause death; mortally: fatally injured.
2. So as to result in disaster or ruin.
3. According to the decree of fate; inevitably.
Adv. 1. shot his Alzheimer's-afflicted wife after learning that he has Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease or Parkinsonism, degenerative brain disorder first described by the English surgeon James Parkinson in 1817. When there is no known cause, the disease usually appears after age 40 and is referred to as Parkinson's disease. remained hospitalized Monday in extremely critical condition, authorities said.
Herbert Tucker shot himself in the head moments after killing his wife as the couple's daughter tried to call for help, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department This article is about the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department, not to be confused with the smaller Los Angeles County Police
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is a local law enforcement agency that serves Los Angeles County, California. officials said.
``He's critical and on life support and they don't expect him to live,'' said sheriff's Lt. David Dietrich.
Tucker's 86-year-old wife, Frances, who sheriff's officials said suffered from Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease (ăls`hī'mərz, ôls–), degenerative disease of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex that leads to atrophy of the brain and senile dementia. , died at the scene from a gunshot wound.
Both Tuckers had been despondent de·spon·dent
Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected.
de·spondent·ly adv. over failing health, the daughter told deputies, and she was visiting from Northern California Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The region contains the San Francisco Bay Area, the state capital, Sacramento; as well as the substantial natural beauty of the redwood forests, the northern to try to decide whether they could continue to live alone.
The shooting happened about 4:40 a.m. Sunday in the couple's home in the 4800 block of West Avenue L-12.
The couple's daughter was sleeping in another room when she heard a gunshot in her parents' bedroom, deputies said.
She went to the bedroom and found her mother shot and her father holding a gun. As she dialed 911, she saw her father shoot himself, deputies said.
``As he was about to pull the trigger, she cried, `no,' grabbed the phone and heard a shot,'' Dietrich said.
The daughter, whose name was not released, had come to stay with her parents three or four days earlier because of her father's diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, Dietrich said.
``She was seeing how stable he was and how stable (her mother) she was. She was going to have to make a decision about what to do with them,'' Dietrich said.