Police are questioning a man suspected of shooting dead an 81-year-old dementia patient at a care home.
The victim, named by police as Rita King, was declared dead at De La Mer House in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England, just three days after Christmas.
Reports said the attacker was Mrs King’s 86-year-old husband Ronald. Police confirmed the pair were related and that he was also staying at the home.
The couple are understood to be childless and the strain of looking after his wife had taken its toll on Mr King.
The manager at De La Mer told how she persuaded the gunman to hand over the weapon.
Julie Curtis, who has run the home for two years, said she saw the man walking towards her holding a gun.
She put her arm around the man, who had reportedly been staying for one week over the Christmas period, and pleaded for him to drop the weapon.
She told the Press Association: ‘I put my left arm around him and put his right arm between him and the gun and said, ‘Please, please give me the gun’, and he let go.’
Mrs Curtis said at first she had not realised the gun was real or if anybody had been injured.
‘He came towards me with the gun, my first thought was that it wasn’t real, but then my next thought was trying to stop him hurting my residents,’ she said.
No other people were near the incident, Mrs Curtis said, adding staff had dealt with the situation ‘brilliantly’.
She said: ‘It’s a shock – I cannot believe it happened at a residential care home.
‘Our staff have been brilliant, staying calm and speaking to the residents who live here. Under the circumstances, everyone is coping very well.’
A revolver was recovered from the scene, murder detectives said.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘At this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation and our inquiries are ongoing.’
Culled from Metro