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Police: Wilton Man Shot During Struggle Over Rifle

A man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound in this home on Grumman Avenue in Wilton Monday, police said
A man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound in this home on Grumman Avenue in Wilton Monday, police said Photo Credit: Melvin Mason, File

Updated at 3:30 p.m. WILTON, Conn. — A Wilton man was shot in the face when a rifle went off during a struggle over the gun with his wife, Wilton police said Tuesday.

The man, 47, was taken to Norwalk Hospital with life-threatening injuries after the g un went off once Monday morning in a home in Grumman Avenue, police said in a news release.

Only one shot was fired, police said. The woman, 39, suffered facial injuries, but they were not life-threatening, police said.

The struggle over the hunting rifle took place in an upstairs bedroom, Police Capt. John Lynch said Tuesday. Lynch said he did not know the caliber of the rifle and did not comment on what prompted the struggle.

Police have not released either person's name. The couple have two high school-age children, Lynch said.

Police responding to a report of a gunshot Monday morning found the woman had gone to a neighboring home to call 911. The man was found with a life-threatening gunshot wound in the couples' adjacent home, where the gun had gone off, police said.

No one else was in the home, police said.

The Wilton Police Department and Stamford District Attorney’s Office were investigating. The Connecticut State Police Major Crime Scene Investigation Unit assisted with evidence collection.