May 18, 2016 10:13 AM EDT

An elderly man said he fatally shot his ailing wife while she slept because he couldn’t afford her medication, according to an arrest affidavit.

William J. Hager, 86, allegedly told deputies who were sent to his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, that he had “bad news” and had killed his wife about five hours earlier.

Carolyn F. Hager was found propped up with pillows and covered with a blanket in bed with a gunshot wound to the left side of her head.

The affidavit quoted the victim’s husband as apologizing to police for not contacting them earlier. “I wanted to…”

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