According to police, Royce Davis later explained his wife suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and he could no longer take care of her. Negotiators did, however, manage to convince him over the phone to disarm himself, exit the home and not follow through with his original plan to kill himself as well, KFOR reported.
"I think the only thing that changed the scenario was the fact that when he did shoot her, it didn't kill her instantly," Clabes told the station, adding, "So he was still concerned about his wife. They had been married 55 years. It was sad that he felt like this was the only option."