New Fairfield Man Tells Police He Shot Wife As She Was Coming At Him With a Knife

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A 63-year-old New Fairfield man charged with shooting and killing his wife told police she was coming at him with a knife.

Robert Bell was arraigned Monday in Danbury Superior Court and bail was set at $750,000. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and other offenses.

Authorities say Bell allegedly shot his wife, Svetlana, four times after an altercation Saturday night.

Police say they found Svetlana Bell unresponsive on the kitchen floor, with apparent gunshot wounds to her chest area. She was transported to Danbury Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

A message was left with a public defender representing Bell.

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence says the killing highlights the serious problem of domestic violence in the state.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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