Police: Grumman Avenue Incident a Rarity in Wilton

The neighborhood where a shooting occurred Monday morning appeared to be back to normal Tuesday afternoon.


Though domestic incidents between spouses are not uncommon in Wilton, the shooting in town Monday morning that remains under investigation is unusual in its severity, officials say.

Following an apparent struggle over a rifle at 35 Grumman Ave., a 47-year-old man and his 39-year-old wife both ended up with wounds to their faces from a single gunshot in what police are describing as a "domestic argument."

An incident of this magnitude between a husband and wife hasn't occurred in Wilton in nearly 20 years, according to Wilton police Capt. John Lynch.

In August of 1994, Marilyn Kennelly apparently struck her husband on the back of the head with a candlestick during an argument at their Thayer Pond Road home. According to The Hour, when he didn't get up after a little while, she kicked him three times. He was pronounced dead the next day.

Details on Monday's incident have been slow to emerge.

Charges have not yet been filed, as Wilton police say they don't want to rush to form an opinion before all facts are examined. The man and woman are still both viewed as victims by the department and neither of their names have been released.

Police said Tuesday that the man's injuries were life-threatening, while the woman's were not.

One officer was injured while responding to the scene Monday, though not seriously, according to Lynch. Two officers were also exposed to blood, he said.

ruby garcia November 29, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Has anyone reached out to this family and asked if they can help with anything...I understand this couple reached out to several hurricane sandy victims..maybe that would change this to a positive with the negative and some incorrect information from the media.....R Garcia
Eddie D November 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
You can blame the WPD for many things but this is not one of them. This is a family issue and has nothing to do with anyone else.
Elliott Anthony December 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Botom line: crime is everwhere and rising - including in Wilton. WPD should be proactive and involved with preventative programs and community outreach to educate citizens about gun safety, domestic violence and home security. it's simple folks. We have a police force for a reason and the lack of police leadership and sophistcation is obvious. The questions that should be answered: what is our police department doing to prevent violent crime? What programs are in place to support victims of domestic crimes? Are there any town services that are in pace to help educate the community about gun safety? Besides reading about speeding tickets in the press and poorly reported crimes, such as this one, some insight on proactive and preventative police programs an town services would certainly enlighten readers and citizens of Wilton, CT USA.
Lorna December 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Mrs. Garcia, I hope you and your husband are recovering well from your injuries, and your children from the disturbance. It sounds as though you all suffered from a terrible altercation and accident. And I hope after this you will rid your house of firearms and get counseling for all involved. You're the mom -- you need to take the lead and protect the nest and the chicks.
Caryn Burroughs January 31, 2013 at 08:15 PM
We love you and are thinking of you and your family!!! If you need anything, please call one of us. I would imagine you know who "us" are!!! I'm so sorry your going through this!!! We would love to talk with you!! You can find me on facebook as always.


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