Charles Garcia, 47, of Wilton was arrested and arraigned today, Monday, Dec. 31, in Norwalk Superior Court on charges of first-degree assault and unlawful restraint, according to his attorney Mark Sherman. He did not enter a plea.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred Nov. 26 at his Grumman Road home in which he and his wife were injured following a struggle with a hunting rifle.
Mr. Garcia, who was released from Yale-New Haven Hospital this morning, is free on $10,000 bond and will seek continuing medical attention. Mr. Sherman said his client, who was grievously injured in the incident, has “a hole in his jaw,” and will seek medical attention at a hospital. Mr. Sherman did not say which hospital.
A restraining order was issued against Mr. Garcia to prevent him from seeing is wife, said Mr. Sherman, a criminal defense attorney in Stamford.
The case was transferred to Stamford Superior Court, Part A, where Mr. Garcia will appear Jan. 8. It is possible Mr. Garcia will enter a plea of not guilty, Mr. Sherman said. He would not elaborate on details of the case because “there are some mental health issues that need to be investigated by the defense team,” he said.
Wilton Police made the arrest, and the warrant called for $100,000 bond, which Judge William Wenzel reduced because of Mr. Garcia’s need for medical attention.
According to Wilton police, the shooting, considered a domestic incident, occurred in the upstairs bedroom of the home at 35 Grumman Avenue. Both husband and wife were injured, he more seriously, as the two struggled over a rifle. The wife, however, was able to run to a neighbor who called 911.
Both were taken to Norwalk Hospital. The wife was eventually released, but Mr. Garcia, who suffered wounds to his face, was transferred to Yale-New Haven.
Wilton police have been assisted in their investigation by the State Police Major Crime Scene Investigation Unit. Police have not released any further information so far today.