People were stunned to hear that John Wise shot his wife of 45-years while she was in the emergency room. The sheer heinousness of a man shooting his own wife while she was in intensive care instantly turned the story into an international topic of conversation. But rather than being a tragedy, some might argue that his move was actually somewhat romantic.
Terry Henderson, a man who worked with Wise for 30 years, says that his friend didn’t want his wife to suffer. Barbara Wise had suffered from three aneurysms and his friend is saying that Wise shot his wife out of mercy. The couple, according to their friend, made a pact that they would not allow the other to live in a nursing home or suffer before dying.
“John Wise is no criminal. He did what he did out of love,” said Henderson.
Police are saying that Wise walked into the room where his wife was staying and shot her at the Akron General Medical Center. She died the next day after the shooting. The man has appeared in court and faces murder charges in the shooting.
“Forty-five years of marriage, blessed to be deeply in love with his wife throughout those 45 years, and I am absolutely confident that everything that he’s ever done for his wife has been done out of deep love, including the events that just recently transpired,” said his attorney, Paul Adamson.
Barbara Wise had a triple cerebral aneurysm on July 28 and was unable to talk. Mr. Wise’s friend says that he planned to kill his wife and then kill himself. Henderson says that he believed that the handgun jammed, and that’s why his friend was unable to finish the job.
“We saw him sitting there with a gun. He was, like, loading it,” said a nurse who arrived on the scene after hearing gunshots.
Friends say that Wise was a loving husband who always treated his wife well.