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.

B Gannon November 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Rarity !? Second major crime incident in a year. Not to mention countless robberies. But no one speeds in town.
Elliott Anthony November 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Many more serious and vilolent crimes in Wilton since we moved back to town in 2010 compared to growing up here in the 80s and 90s. With less residents and more police on staff the coverage is slack. You can buzz down route 7 today at 55 miles per hour and no cops in sight. In the 80s you wouldn't dare drive above 35mph through town as there was better police presence. Interesting enough the salaries of our police are very high especially at the top ranks making nice 6-figure salaries. And several have been on the squad for 20-30 years! They are ineffective obviously and need to improve tactics to demonstrate this town is well protected and served.
Veritas vos liberabit November 28, 2012 at 02:49 PM
It appears that spin control is the #1 priority of the WPD. How about some facts regarding the incident?
ConcernedWiltonite November 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I'm not sure how this tragedy has anything to do with the capabilities of the WPD. If you want to go beat your drum against the WPD pick someone elses pain to trample on. There is nothing the WPD could have done to prevent this or the other recent violent crimes.
J Dean November 28, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Well there is know way we could know this "concernedwiltonite" unless we get our local PD out from behind the trees looking for traffic violations and out patroling the streets. Called being pro-active as opposed to re-active. I for one would love to see some headlines just once that tells the story of some real police work. Oh,,,anyone hear on how WPD is doing with their investigation of those robberies a few weeks back.
Maria Salzano Stepnowsky November 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM
i feel sad for the children...
EMR November 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
We need our WPD in more ways than one. Cross River tragedy last year. Increased family stress. Unfortunately, it can happen anywhere in any socio-economic class at any time. This is not a rarity.
M Garcia November 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I AM the 39 year old women in this article! I would appreciate if stories are written correctly & the only 2 people that know what happened that day is myself & my husband. Please show consideration for myself, my family & especially my children during this very difficult time. Thank you
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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