An 80-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed his wife because she had dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for several years, Midwest City police said.

On Monday, Oct. 7, at about 3 a.m., officers received a call from a man, who identified himself as Royce Davis, according to police. Davis told police on the phone that he had just shot and killed his wife and was planning to do the same to himself.

Police officers responded to the home, located near College Avenue and Adair Boulevard, spoke with Davis by phone and were able to get him to come out of the house. Officers entered the home and found Davis’ wife, 77-year-old Dorothy Davis, in bed with a gunshot wound to the head.

According to police, the victim was still breathing and was taken to OU Medical Center, where she later died.

Davis told police he and his wife had been married over 50 years and that his wife had suffered from dementia for the last several years.

He was arrested for first-degree murder and transported to the Oklahoma County Jail.

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