06/10/2015 02:10 EDT | Updated 06/10/2016 05:59 EDT

Joseph Melvin Desroches, On Trial For Murder, Told 911 Operator 'I Shot My Wife'

The jury in a B.C. murder trial has heard an elderly Saanich man calmly tell the 911 operator he shot his wife while she lay in bed.

"I shot my son's dog and I shot my wife ... I think I'm insane," he said.

Desroches, now 73, is charged with the first degree murder of his 77-year-old wife Rosa in their Saanich, B.C., home on the morning of March 18, 2014.

In the recording released Tuesday by the trial judge, Desroches can be heard struggling to remember his own address, before asking the 911 operator to send police.

  • 911 operator: They're on their way. Did somebody use a gun, sir?

  • Desroches: Yes. It was me.

  • 911 operator:  Did you shoot somebody?

  • Desroches: Yes.

  • 911 operator: Who did you shoot?

  • Desroches: I, I shot my son's dog, and I shot my wife.

Desroches told the operator he had a 9mm German Luger, and a history of mental illness.

  • Desroches: I think I'm, I think I'm insane.

  • 911 operator:  Have you and your wife been having problems before, recently?

  • Desroches: No [inaudible]. It's all me. It's all in my head.

After the nine-minute conversation, Desroches surrendered to police. He has pleaded not guilty.


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