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Unlocked and Loaded: Families Confront Dementia and Guns | Black Voice News
Photos by Heidi de Marco and Frank Carlson, PBS NewsHour and Randall Hill JoNel Aleccia and Melissa Bailey Contributors Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. With a bullet in her gut, her voice choked with pain, Dee Hill pleaded with the 911 dispatcher for help. "My husband accidentally shot me," Hill, 75, of The Dalles, Ore., groaned on the May 16, 2015, call. "In the stomach, and he can't talk, please …" Less than four feet away, Hill's husband, Darrell Hill, a former local police chief and two-term county sheriff, sat in his wheelchair with a discharged Glock handgun on the table in front of him, unaware that he'd nearly killed his wife of almost 57 years. The 76-year-old lawman had been diagnosed two years earlier with a form of rapidly progressive dementia, a disease that quickly stripped him of reasoning and memory. "He