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.