Lawyer charged with fatal shooting of man outside Litchfield law office: Police – NBC Connecticut
A 75-year-old lawyer from Goshen is accused of shooting and killing a man outside his Litchfield law office in June 2021 and has been charged with first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, police say. ‘State.
Robert Fisher Jr., 75, of Goshen, is charged with shooting and killing Matthew Bromley, 39, outside the Cramer & Anderson law office on West Street after an altercation on the evening of Monday June 7.
Bromley was not a client of the firm but may have called the previous month about a foreclosure case, according to the arrest warrant request released by state police.
State police say a 911 call was made at 4:48 p.m. that evening in June, reporting that a man had been shot dead in a parking lot at 46 West St. in Litchfield and was on the ground, bleeding.
Fisher called moments later, at 4:49 p.m., and reported that he had shot a man who assaulted him, according to the arrest warrant.
Fisher, who police say is a certified pistol instructor, told police he shot the other man in the head, according to the arrest warrant request.
He said everything happened very quickly.
He was at his office when another man followed him down the driveway, opened his car door, punched and punched him in the face, and told Fisher that he was going to kill him and that he was going to “burn in hell”, according to police documents.
A witness reported hearing Bromley say something like “you cut me” to Fisher and the two argued.
Fisher requested an attorney but told police it was not a “road rage” situation, according to police.
He told investigators the other man followed him closely from Constitution Way in Litchfield to the parking lot, adding that the man had put himself in his face and he had never seen him before.
“We believe the physical evidence is consistent with my client’s innocence,” Fisher’s attorney, attorney Bill Conti, said in a statement.
The statement Fisher provided to police says Bromley spat in his face and charged at him and Fisher realized the man wasn’t going to stop attacking him.
Fisher said he tried to defuse the situation and said he pulled his gun out of his pocket, pointed it at the other man, turned on the laser dot and yelled at him to ‘back off’, according to the request arrest warrant. Then Bromley charged it again and Fisher said he fired after a brief struggle.
The law firm where Fisher worked, Cramer & Anderson LLP, released a statement regarding the incident:
“We at Cramer & Anderson LLP have been saddened by this state of affairs since it began nearly a year ago. We believe the case will proceed fairly through the court system and that justice will ultimately be served.”
Another witness reported seeing Fisher pointing a gun at Bromley and walking towards him as Bromley backed away. She went on to tell the police that she had not seen a struggle.
In a follow-up interview, a witness said Bromley stopped hitting Fisher while he was in the driver’s seat and there was no fight after Fisher got out of the vehicle, according to the request. arrest warrant.
As Bromley drove away, Fisher got out of the car, holding a gun at his side, and the two men faced each other. Fisher was pointing a gun at Bromley and the men were shouting and arguing just before the shooting, the witness told police.
A friend and colleague of Fisher’s told police that Bromley was not a client. But, after his name was released to the news, the colleague recalled seeing Bromley’s name on caller ID the last week of May 2021 and the call was transferred to the Litchfield office.
Fisher was at lunch, but the co-worker asked if he could take the call and Fisher agreed, the statement said.
Witnesses reported hearing Fisher explain that he doesn’t handle foreclosure cases
“Apparently Bromley was trying to buy his mother’s house which was in foreclosure,” the statement said.
The witness went on to tell police that Fisher had raised his voice and explained that he was not doing foreclosures, wished Bromley luck in finding a lawyer, and then the call ended. They never spoke about the call again after that day and the colleague does not recall Bromley calling again, the statement said.
The medical examiner’s office determined Bromley died of a gunshot wound to the head and ruled his death a homicide. Police said Bromley’s toxicology showed an ethyl alcohol content of 0.111%.
Fisher surrendered on Wednesday and bail was set at $50,000. He is due in court on May 23.
His attorney said he “believes the physical evidence is consistent with my client’s innocence.”