Investigators in Powell County say a man admitted to shooting his wife because she wanted to put him a psychiatric hospital.
Gary Morrison, 67, is charged with first-degree assault. He was arrested shortly after the shooting Wednesday evening at the couple’s home on Charlie Lane in Stanton.
“He came up behind me and asked me if I knew a phone number and I said no,” Jan Morrison told LEX 18’s Josh Breslow. “I turned around and looked at him and he had a gun pointed at me.”
At the time, Jan said she was simply standing over a sink in her home. She said she never imagined her disabled husband, the “fragile” man who used a walker to get around, would try to kill her.
“I turned back around with my back to him and he shot me in the back and I got to my knees and realized, ‘I don’t think I’m gonna die. Let me get out the door’.” Jan said. “The policeman said there were other shells lying on the floor and he was getting ready to shoot me again.”
Jan was flown to UK Hospital, where she was treated and released.
“It was a through and through down at the bottom of my rib cage,” said Jan. “Because there was no organs or ribs hit, it was in a good place, if you could say that.”
An arrest warrant claims Gary Morrison “advised he had shot his wife in the back in an attempt to kill her because she was attempting to place him in a psychiatric hospital.”
Jan said Gary had been weaning himself off some medication and she believes his altered mental state led to the shooting.
“I still love him and I want to help him in whatever way I can,” Jan said.
No bond has been set for Gary. He is set to be arraigned on Friday morning.
LEX 18 reached out to Gary in the Powell County Detention Center for his side of the story. Staff at the jail said he was “not in the mental state” to speak to the media.