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Doc discusses suspected mercy killing

Cebu : Philippines | Aug 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 08/14/12

Dr. Michael A. Passero Jr., 37, in his first interview about the shooting at Akron General Medical Center said, he kept on asking John Wise, 66, to hand over his weapon after shooting his wife Barbara. Passero scrambled to the scene from several rooms away when he heard a blasting sound. He thought it might be an equipment problem. The doctor knew Barbara Wise and concluded the big man with the white beard down to his chest was her husband, and he saw the man was holding a gun. When he entered the room he wasn’t aware that Barbara Wise was shot, but he quickly spotted the gun and blood on her pillow.

Passero said that John Wise asked him saying, 'Please tell me she's dead.” After checking the monitors, Passero said quietly, “she's not dead.'" John Wise didn’t give up his weapon yet when they were interrupted by the 65-year-old Barbara Wise, gasping for air. According to Passero, the husband then said, “Oh God, she’s still alive. How can she still be alive?”

Wise sat in a chair next to his wife, with Passero on the other side still asking for the weapon. The doctor said he had the gun but he wasn't threatening anyone. John Wise’s wife Barbara died one day later. Wise was charged with aggravated murder in the Aug. 4 shooting.

Barbara Wise had been disabled after suffering a stroke, a friend said. Wise’s attorney said that his client extremely loves his wife.

Wise began shuffling with the weapon, seemingly trying to get it fix. Passero didn’t stop pleading Wise to surrender the weapon, reaching out but did not attempt to force his hand.

The doctor was afraid not for himself but that the husband might shoot his wife again. He said that he was trying to keep his voice cool. What he did, he did on instincts.

The weapon was never surrendered to the doctor and in the next moment security officers entered, demanded John Wise to drop the weapon and then tackled him, Passero said. City police quickly swarmed over the hospital.

After hearing a popping sound, Passero said several staff members followed him into the room but quickly backed off when they saw the weapon. After tackling Wise and was arrested, the staff members went to Barbara Wise's aid, Passero then briefed police, went back to finish his 12-hour overnight shift and said he slept soundly when he got home.

Wise is to appear again in court Aug. 22. He has not entered a plea but has hired the services of a high-profile Akron defense attorney.

Barbara Wise suffered triple cerebral aneurysms on July 28 and had been left not able to speak, a family friend Terry Henrson told the press. He is sure that Wise intended to hill his wife and then himself.

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This undated file photo provided by the Summit County Sheriff Department shows John Wise.
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