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Aggrieved patient held in doctor’s death

Police spoke with visitors to a medical office in Newport Beach, Calif., where a urologist was slain on Monday.

Ken Steinhardt/The Orange County Register via Associated Press

Police spoke with visitors to a medical office in Newport Beach, Calif., where a urologist was slain on Monday.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A retired barber accused of shooting a California urologist to death in his exam room suffered from prostate problems and was angry about his incontinence after a recent surgery, neighbors said Tuesday.

Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, was jailed on $1 million bail after police say he shot Dr. Ronald Franklin Gilbert multiple times on Monday at a medical office in Newport Beach, in suburban Orange County.

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Police would not say whether the 52-year-old Gilbert was Elkus’s doctor. The urologist appeared to be the only target of the attack, police said.

Elkus, who has a court hearing Wednesday, was plagued by prostate troubles and was upset by a surgery that left him running to the bathroom constantly, neighbors said.

‘‘One day we were talking about other things outside and he says, ‘Oh, hold it right there!’ and he was rushing to his house and when he came back, he said, ‘I have a problem with my prostate,’ ’’ recalled Miguel Soto, a neighbor.

‘‘He said, ‘I had surgery and now I am worse than before the surgery.’ ’’

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