January 21, 2014 6:16 am -

The 88-year-old man said it was supposed to be a murder-suicide because his wife was paralyzed and wanted to die.

William Dresser was arrested Sunday after firing one shot with small-caliber semi-automatic handgun that struck his wife in the chest at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said. Dresser reportedly told police that he had brought two bullets for her and two for himself, but the gun jammed after his first shot.

Immediately afterward, Dresser “was crying and mumbled words to the effect of, `I did not accomplish my goal,’ ” the investigating officer wrote in a probable cause statement.

The woman, who had been a patient on the third floor of the hospital, was transferred to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno with a life-threatening injury, Furlong said. Her name and age were not immediately released.

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