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Goshen man turns himself in for fatal 2021 shooting at Litchfield law firm

Robert Fisher, 75, of Goshen turned himself in at Connecticut state police Troop L on Wednesday afternoon.

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — A man accused of shooting and killing a man outside of a law firm in Litchfield in June 2021 has turned himself in, police said.

Robert Fisher, 75, of Goshen turned himself in at Connecticut State Police Troop L on Wednesday afternoon. He was charged with first-degree manslaughter with a $50,000 bond. 

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In June 2021, troopers found Matthew Bromley, 39, dead outside in the parking lot of Cramer & Anderson on West Street in Litchfield.

There was a physical altercation between Bromley and Fisher that led up to the fatal shooting, according to the arrest warrant. Investigations revealed that Fisher is a certified pistol instructor.

A witness told investigators that Bromley had called the firm in May inquiring about foreclosures, and Fisher ended up speaking with him, elevating his voice and explaining that he does not deal with foreclosures, according to the arrest warrant. When Fisher got off the phone, the witness reported he said something along the lines of "that guy was crazy."

Bromley was not a client of the law office and never met Fisher before the fatal incident.

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Fisher told investigators he was sitting in his car in the law firm parking lot on the afternoon of June 7 when Bromley pulled up next to him, side by side. According to the arrest warrant, Bromley then ran over, pulled the door open and began punching Fisher and yelling profanities and said "you ruined my life!"

"I immediately became fearful for my safety and my life and knew I needed to defend myself," Fisher told investigators.

According to officials, Fisher stated he then got out of his car to reportedly try to defuse the situation until he "realized that he was not going to stop attacking me."

Knowing he has physical limitations because of his older age, Fisher points a gun at Bromley.  After a struggle over the gun, he shot Bromley, Fisher told investigators. 

Fisher then called 911 to let the police know what happened, according to the arrest warrant.

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FOX61 spoke to a pizza shop owner across from the law office who remembered seeing the police respond when the shooting first happened. Almost one year later, the owner said the Town of Litchfield has been quiet since.

"I mean, it’s just crazy to think something random like that would happen to you. You’re just whatever coming out of work and someone starts to beat you up. What’re you going to do - you got to sometimes fight for survival," said Jeton Adili, owner of DiFranco's Restaurant & Pizzeria.

Fisher will face a judge on May 23.

Carmen Chau is an anchor and reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at cchau@fox61.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Leah Myers is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at lmyers@fox61.com


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