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  • Massillon man to be arraigned today in wife's death

  • A 65-year-old Massillon woman died after being shot by her husband of 45 years in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center on Saturday night in what police say may be a “mercy type of killing.”

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  • A 65-year-old Massillon woman died after being shot by her husband of 45 years in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center on Saturday night in what police say may be a “mercy type of killing.”
    John E. Wise, 66, of 227 Hawthorne Ave. NE, allegedly shot his wife at her bedside with a handgun at 8:45 p.m. Saturday. He has been charged with attempted aggravated murder, according to Capt. Daniel Zampelli. He said the charges could change following an autopsy and interviews. Zampelli said Wise is expected to be booked into the Summit County Jail.
    Barbara Wise was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. Sunday by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy was to be performed Sunday afternoon or today, Zampelli said.
    She was in critical condition at the hospital prior to the shooting.
    “It certainly falls in line with what his motivation might have been,” said Zampelli, noting that John Wise has been very cooperative and forthcoming with detectives. “A very preliminary investigation shows at this point in time that it was possibly a mercy type of killing.”
    John Wise entered the hospital shortly before the shooting, he said.
    “He had walked in to visit with her,” Zampelli said. “At that time, he pulled a handgun and fired and struck her ... . She was struck with at least one bullet.
    “At that point, their staff called out an emergency through their protocol. Their security officer that worked there responded. He (Wise) immediately surrendered to them and gave up without incident. Our PD was notified. We took custody of him and held him under arrest.
    Jim Gosky, spokesman for Akron General Medical Center, said John Wise entered during normal visitation hours.
    “It was a combination of the nursing physicians and security personnel jumping into action and reacting amazingly swiftly,” Goskysaid. “Security was there within two minutes and the gunman was wrestled down and the gun was taken from him. Akron police arrived a minute or two after that.”
    Police declined to say the type of gun used or how many rounds were fired. He did not know what Barbara Wise was being treated for, and hospital officials refused to release such information. Zampelli said it appears that John Wise’s only target was his wife. 
    “I won’t go into specifics,” Zampelli said, “but it appears that his target was limited to his wife.”
    Gosky credited security and the medical staff for following hospital protocol. He said thousands of people visit patients at the hospital each year and that it is impossible to screen every one.
    “You can’t watch people 24/7,” he said. “You can’t pat them all down and you can’t wand them. It was an isolated incident. We’re so grateful to the staff and we’re so appreciative of the fact that no one else was hurt. ... Our sympathies go out to the family.”
    Page 2 of 2 - John Wise will be arraigned this morning. Zampelli said charges could change to aggravated murder or another type of murder charge after the case is reviewed by prosecutors.